Agfa Ansco Box No. 2 - Model E c1940
This is about as cheap as they get. Cardboard. Wood. One viewfinder. Still, Agfa Ansco bothered to make these available in different colors. There's a lesson to be learned here.
You can dress up the worst of us and we look pretty good.
The "one viewfinder" is pretty funny considering this is a 6x9 camera. I guess the Model E
was designed to take portraits.
The viewfinder is surrounded by a rectangular bezel but the viewfinder lens is round and produces a
circular image. This fact, along with the viewfinder mirror not being a mirror but a polished piece
of steel, makes the viewfinder pretty much useless.
It's more of a viewapproximator.
I went to the drug store to get some B-2 Agfa All-Weather Film but they didn't have any.
The faceplate is removable in case you want to do shutter speed adjustments etc. That's my finger
sticking through the pre-optics aperture.
Shutter mechanism. Note that the shutter plate matches the camera exterior.
The dust above is not real dust. It's powdered graphite. The shutter was sticking until I lubricated it
with lighter fluid and graphite. I also bent the shutter plate outward. Don't attempt this at home.
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"If you have plastic flamingos, you will always have something to photograph"
I turned the camera on its side and hoped for the best. I done pretty good.
Arista EDU 200