Agfa Karat 36 (1948) 35mm Rangefinder Camera

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Condition: Excellent

Agfa Karat 36 (1948) 35mm Rangefinder Camera

Excellent cosmetic condition and fully functional

Supplied with Agfa metal lens cap, Kodak yellow filter and in Leather Ever Ready Case with strap

Xenon f / 2.0 50 mm from Schneider Kreuznach

General Agfa Karat 36 (1948) Information

The Karat 36 was produced in several versions between 1948 and 1954. Instead of the special carat cartridge, the standardized film type 135 was used , which soon became established. It was available with the following lenses:

  • Heligon f / 2.0 50 mm from Rodenstock
  • Xenon f / 2.0 50 mm from Schneider Kreuznach
  • Xenar f / 2.8 50 mm from Schneider Kreuznach, it was a Tessar type
  • Solagon f / 2.0 50 mm from Agfa

For focusing, it was not just the front lens element, as is often the case, that was adjusted, but the entire lens system. A rangefinder connected to it served as a focusing aid.

The high-quality Compur lock ( Compur Rapid or Synchro Compur ) was used as the shutter with 1 ⁄ 500 s as the shortest time. This was tensioned at the same time as the film transport lever. The fast focusing, film transport and simultaneous tensioning of the shutter enabled very fast image sequences, which made the camera very popular with reporters in particular. It was considered a precise and reliable work tool. However, this had its price at 398 DM .

Camera House Price: £89.00

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Looking after your camera

Use a Camera Bag

A camera bag does more than just protect the camera against scratches and dust: It keeps it safe from rain because many are waterproof on the outside.

Be Very Careful Around the LCD Screen and Camera Lens

Use only special equipment to clean your camera’s LCD screen and camera lens. Buy a special cleaning kit that includes liquid solutions, microfiber cloths and brushes that have been specially designed to clean your camera lens.

Never Leave Your Batteries in Your Camera for Too Long
Many camera batteries are now alkaline or lithium formats. If you keep your camera with the batteries inside of it in a moist area, then the batteries can get corrosive. So if you’re thinking about just putting your camera on the shelf for several months, do yourself a favor and remove them.

Turn Your Camera Off Prior to Doing Anything

Before you do anything to your camera, always keep in mind that it should be turned off first. No matter what it is—swapping lenses, changing memory cards or disconnecting or attaching cables—your camera should be turned off.

Cold and Wet Weather Can Wreak Havoc on Your Camera Body
Take your camera out only in a waterproof bag. If the weather’s unusually cold, just wrap your camera in a plastic bag that has silica desiccant packets for the reduction of moisture. It’s also a smart idea to have a soft towel with you to wipe off any moisture, just in case it should get on your camera.

Good Memory Card Care Is Good Camera Care

Only transport your memory cards inside of a protective caseMake sure the memory cards stay dust-free at all times. When removing memory cards, make sure you do so indoors or in non-dusty situations.
Make sure that you keep memory cards only in cool places. Never keep them in places where they may heat up, like dashboards or glove compartments.
Never place your memory cards close to magnetic sources. Examples of magnetic sources are things such as audio speakers, TV monitors and actual magnets.

Use a Filter to Protect Your Camera Lens

The lens of your camera is naturally fragile. As such, it’s susceptible to scratches, cracks, dents…you name it. A UV filter will not only will you give your lens a fighting chance, but you’ll also enhance the quality of your pictures.

Condensation Can Be Controlled

Condensation normally happens when you move your camera between different temperatures.
Allow your camera a chance to naturally get used to the hotter environment. Don’t place it inside a closed plastic bag when transporting it between different temperatures! Just let the camera sit in the humid temperature for a while, until condensation disappears.
If this still doesn’t get rid of all of it, you can utilize a soft cloth to wipe away any remaining moisture and marks left behind from the condensation.