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The Isolette III was an uncoupled rangefinder folding 6x6 camera produced by Agfa during the 1950s-1960s.

It came fitted with Agfa's middle range Apotar (a well performing Cooke triplet-type) lens or the top of the line Solinar (Tessar clone) lens and one of several possible shutters (examples below). Two models exist, one can determine the model mainly by looking at the top cover. The newer type (1956-) has a film reminder on the left side whereas the older model had a depth of field scale there.


Examples:

One from 1952 (Mark I):

  • Objective: Agfa Solinar 1:4.5/85
  • Shutter: Deckel Synchro-Compur type MX/CR00-126

One from 1954 (Mark I):

  • Objective: Agfa Apotar 1:4.5/85
  • Shutter: Pronto

Late model production run (Mark II):

  • Objective: Agfa Solinar 1:3.5/75
  • Shutter: Prontor-SVS

Isolette III:s commonly take 30mm slip-on (a.k.a. push-on, push-fit) filters (A30), though it has been reported that a late version of the Solinar 75mm f/3.5 takes larger 32mm filters (A32).

As with all Isolettes of the era one common issue is that the green lubricant (used in this case for the focusing helicoids and the rangefinder) has dried up, making focussing difficult and the rangefinder stuck or slow moving.


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