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The AkArette is a 35mm viewfinder camera with interchangeable lenses, made by Apparate & Kamerabau in Germany. The viewfinder was switchable betwee 50 and 75mm focal lengths.

  • The Akarette made 24x32mm images and was made in 1947.
  • The Akarette 0 was produced in 1949.
  • The Akarette I, 1948-1950, takes standard 24x36mm frames.
  • The Akarette II dates from 1950; possibly until 1954.[1] Advertising brochures dated March 1953 exists.
  • Prontor-S leaf shutter B, 1-1/300s. Interesting detail: the shutter is part of the camera, set just behind the bayonet mount. Most leaf shutters are part of the objective, set between the lenses.

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Available lenses include: Schneider Kreuznach Xenagon 35/3,5,a Xenar 45/2,8, a Xenar 45/3,5, Xenar 50/3,5, An ISCO Göttingen color Isconar 50/2,8 and a Tele-Xenar 75/3,8. Lenses can be used on both the AKArette and on the AKArette II. There's a switchable viewfinder for 50mm and 75mm lenses on the AKArette II, operated by a lever or a knob (depending on the version). Using one viewfinder automatically obscures the other one. There is an additional viewfinder option for 35mm lenses that attaches to the shoe on top of the camera.

  1. Dates from McKeown, but the McKeowns give only 1950 for II; Alf Sigaro gives 1950-54.

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