Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco Camera & case circa 1937

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Brand Agfa
Model Karat 6.3 Art Deco
Body type Folding
Focal length (equiv.) 50mm
Max aperture 6.3
Format Agfa Rapid
Storage types Film
Battery Description None

Condition: Excellent

Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco Miniature Camera & case circa 1937

Presented in full working order and showing some minor signs of wear

Please note that there is no rapid cassette present

Agfa Karat 6.3 Art Deco General Information

This was the first Agfa Karat, a small viewfinder camera with a distinctive, rounded oval body. It was first introduced in 1936. Distinguishing features were the completely black body and the intricate design of the lens base. About 40,000 cameras were produced from 1936 to 1938. It featured a 50mm f/6.3 Agfa Anastigmat Igestar lens and a self-cocking Kodak shutter which was set while pressing the shutter release. Three main variants of the Art Deco model exist. The first had strap lugs integrated in the top housing, which was made of a hard plastic called Trolitan, a variant of bakelite. A second version had strap lugs that were screwed in a black enamalled aluminium top housing. A later third version also had screwed strap lugs and had a higher viewfinder. In addition it missed the little gap in front of the viewfinder of the earlier versions and had a larger back release catch.

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