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Agfa Ambi Silette is a 35mm film rangefinder camera manufactured by Agfa Kamerawerk AG, in Munich, West Germany, and produced between 1957-1961. The Ambi Silette was a part of the Silette range of Agfa as an interchangeable lens rangefinder. In this series there were viewfinders called Silette and rangefinders called Silette Super.


  • Lens: Agfa Color-Solinar 50mm f/2.8, four elements, interchangeable w/35-50-90-135mm,
  • There are three other main Agfa lenses
    • 35mm/f4 Color-Ambion
    • 90mm/f4 Color-Telinear
    • 130mm/f4 Color-Telinear.[1][2]
  • Mount: bayonet, very easy mounting, filter size 37mm slip-on
  • Lens release: press the catch on the lower front of the lens mount and simultaneously turn the lens counter clock-wise gripping the fixed miled ring on the lens; Aperture: f/2.8-f/22
  • Focusing: matching yellow rangefinder images in the finder, via turning the ring on the lens, w/DOF scale; Focus range: 1-10m +inf
  • Shutter: Synchro-Compur leaf shutter speeds: 1-1/500 +B; Setting : ring and scale on the shutter, behind the lens, w/ two little handles
  • Shutter release: on the right of the top plate, w/ cable release socket
  • View finder: coupled view/rangefinder, matching yellow images, w/ bright-line frames, parallax correction by a switch on the top plate adjusts to the 35-50-90mm lenses, the 130mm lens required a separate viewfinder
  • Flip-up protecting cover on the view- and rangefinder windows on front of the camera
  • Cocking lever: also winds the film, short stroke, on the right of the top plate
  • Frame counter: coupled with winding lever, advance type, manual setting
  • Self-timer: the small green lever must point to V of the dial on the top of the shutter, after exposure and winding it turns to X
  • Flash PC socket: on the right of the shutter, M 1/60-1/500, X 1/30 synch, adjustment via the small green lever on the top of the shutter
  • Others: Cold-shoe; Memory dial;Tripod socket 1/4 inch; Supporting slide on the front of the bottom plate
  • Back cover: Hinged, opens by tha latch on the left side of the camera
  • Body: metal; Weight: 705g

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Cameraquest
  2. Instruction Manual

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