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Ansco Speedex
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Photos by JCB text by JCB. From the collection of JCB. Last update 2020-05-25 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in USA from (Circa) 1946 to (After) 1946.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 11826

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Traduction de Manuel M

This small folding camera of format 6x6 (on film 120) belonged to the family of Isolette Agfa, of which it keeps general form and size. Manufactured in Germany between 1946 and 1950, a riveted plate with the cradle carries the Afga logo and the inscription:
“MADE FOR ANSCO BY AGFA CAMERA WERKE - MUNCHEN GERMANY. ”

The lens is  an Agfa Agnar of 85mm focal distance, aperture 4.5, mounted on an Vario (A.G.C.) shutter offering the B pose and three speeds: 1/25, 1/50 and 1/200, with synchro-flash socket. A small cursor placed on the side of the shutter makes it possible to wedge the shutter release lever for the long exposures. This accessory is located by the letter T and an arrow indicating that the cursor should be raised.
The focusing is done by rotation of the frontal lens, which is graduated in feet from 3 to infinitum with reds marks d on 10' and 30'.
There is no device to prevent the double exposure, and it does not even lay out, like Isolette, of a depth of field calculator. Really a basic 6x6, but to which one can however recognize a great quality: it is a medium-format which can hold in the pocket.
 

Ansco Speedex