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Agfa Memo 35mm Film Camera w/ f3.5 Lens + Film Cartridges (Faulty)

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Condition: Excellent

Agfa Memo 35mm Film Camera w/ f3.5 Lens

+ Film Cartridges (Faulty)

Excellent cosmetic condition, all functions work with the exception of the shutter is stuck open!

General Agfa Memo Information

The Agfa Memo, introduced in 1939, was an 35mm camera used the Ansco Memo film cartridge, first introduced in 1927.

The use of the Ansco film cartridge rather than the expected Agfa Karat film cartridge of 1936 (which seems to have been inspired by the original Ansco Memo unit) appears to have been done for a number of reasons:

  • The larger Ansco film cartridge held twice as much film as the Agfa (24 exposures instead of 12)
  • The camera, although labelled as the Agfa Memo, was designed and produced at the former Ansco factory in Binghamton, New York. (In 1928 Ansco had merged with Agfa and was thereafter known as the Agfa-Ansco Company).
  • The older Memo film cartridge was more likely to be encountered in an American photography store than the newer Karat film cartridge.
  • The use of the smaller Karat film cartridge, was still possible in the Agfa Memo as a result of clever engineering, though one needed to be careful to set then frame counter at 12 rather than at 24. The ability to also utilize the Karat film cartridge was a definite advantage in the European market. However, Agfa Karat cameras could not utilize the larger Memo film cartridge.

The first versions of the Agfa Memo used the by then standard 24x36mm image size, though a nearly identical half-frame (18x24mm) version was introduced in 1940. The Agfa Memo is a horizontal folding bed camera solidly constructed of pressed steel stampings. Film advance is by a sliding knob in a horizontal slot on the camera's back plate which activates a claw-based film-advance mechanism, another design idea taken from the original Ansco Memo camera of 1927. The manually reset 24 exposure frame indicator is similar to the Ansco Memo's, but is located next to the advance knob (which activates it) rather than on the front (where the Ansco Memo's is activated by the shutter release). A centrally located viewfinder is mounted on the top plate.

The Agfa Memo came equipped what some believe may be a Wollensak shutter[1] (due to the design similarity to their Alphax shutter). Three different anastigmat lenses were used: f/3.5, f/4.5, and f/5.6, all without focal lengths indicated, and all marked with the name "Agfa Memar" - though it is likely that these uncoated lenses were supplied by Wollensak. The lenses measure approximately 50mm in focal length.

The least expensive Agfa Memo was equipped with an f/5.6 lens stopped down to f/22 and focused to 3.5 feet. The manually cocked shutter has speeds of 1/25s, 1/50s, 1/100s, B, and T. These cameras were finished in a textured flat black paint.

The more expensive Agfa Memos equipped with f/4.5 and f/3.5 lenses, which also stopped down to f/22 and focused to 3.5 feet. The manually cocked shutter has speeds of 1/2s to 1/200s, B, and T. These cameras were finished in black Morocco leather and featured a nickel plated depth of field calculator to the right of the viewfinder. These cameras also featured nickel plated metal trim and a black accessory shoe to the left of the viewfinder.


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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.