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These great cameras show up everywhere in Europe. Flea markets, second-hand shops, car boot sales, you name it.

AGFA cameras were sold for decades, in many models, much like the Kodaks.

I've had the pleasure of using two of them. And I own three.

The magic shutter buttons!

The AGFA Compact. It's an auto exposure compact camera with manual focusing! The lens retracts when you shut the camera off.

AGFA Silette LK which has full manual exposure control and a built-in light meter. The lens is super duper sharp with pleasant out-of-focus areas. It does not have a rangefinder. Nor does the...

... AGFA Optima 335 which has auto-exposure and manual focusing. The aperture numbers you see are for flash photography with 1/125th of a second fixed shutter.

I will not write much about these my cameras now, but will in the future.

The Compact isn't working properly, so I am in search of advice on how to repair it. It (auto-) winds the loaded film to its end, without giving me an opportunity to make exposures. Then it rewinds the film into the cassette. End of story.

If you have any idea how to repair it, or who might know, please contact me at ourbooksmalmo@gmail.com.


Visit my Etsy shop for cameras and related stuff, the facebook group on modding lenses and cameras or my Instagram account ourbooksmalmo.

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