The Pentacon Six System
The History of the Pentacon Six
The Agiflex III
In 1954 AGI launched the Agiflex III, which, cosmetically
at least, was clearly inspired by the Meister Korelle.
The similarities between the Meister-Korelle, on the left, and the
Agiflex III are immediately obvious.
Full-page advertisement for the Agiflex 3
in the 1958 edition of the
British Journal of Photography Almanac
The Agiflex II had a new Agilux Anastigmatic 80mm f/2.8
lens, still with no automatic-aperture operation, and the same three-claw
bayonet mount as the later Agiflex II.
The mirror was now raised by the shutter release mechanism
and so was no longer instant return. There were two coaxial
flash sockets, one with FP and the other with X synchronisation, hidden
behind a spring-loaded door on the lens box of the body.
The waist-level finder with magnifier and sports finder
was removable, to enable it to be replaced with a pentaprism. However,
this was never produced.
160mm, 240mm and 300mm lenses, all with a maximum aperture
of f/5.5, were also now available. No wide-angle lenses were
ever available for the Agiflex cameras.
From left to right: Reflex Korelle II, Meister Korelle, Agiflex III
As can be appreciated from the above photo, Agi had still
not managed to get all the shutter speeds onto a single speed dial, so
there was a separate dial for the slow speeds, as in the Agiflex I and
II, and indeed as in the Reflex Korelle of 16 years before, and the top
speed remained (nominally!) 1/500. Likewise, the lever wind was still
on the left of the top plate of the camera.
Sales of the Agiflex continued until the 1960’s, when
the UK government removed import restrictions on foreign cameras, and production
ceased in the face of German and Japanese competition.
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