The Agfa Solinette II is a 35mm folding viewfinder camera that was made between 1952 and 1955 - similar to the Agfa Isolette medium-format cameras, however these use 35mm film.
The camera comes with a 50mm f:3.5 lens Solinar lens, and uses a Synchro-Compur shutter. The Solinette II was sold in the US under the Ansco brand and called Ansco Regent.
The Solinette is a horizontal folder, i.e. the bed drops downwards on struts with the camera held horizontally, distinguishing it from the otherwise somewhat similar Kodak Retina. The top plate is almost symmetrical, with matching advance and rewind knobs, and the shutter release button on the right matching the bed release on the left.
The shutter is cocked manually. The release button is threaded for a cable release. There is a double-exposure prevention interlock, with no override control. The shutter is synchronized for flash, with a PC socket on top of the shutter unit, and a cold shoe on the top plate.
The lens focuses to 1m (3½ feet); focusing is by movement of the whole lens and shutter, with a focus ring behind the lens.
There is a mechanical frame counter in a window in the middle of the top plate, in front of the accessory shoe. This must be set manually when a new film is loaded; the counter is advanced to 'A' by pressing the button on the back of the top housing (as in the picture here; the button itself is released by a sliding control nearby). The camera back is then closed and the counter advanced to frame 1 by winding the film normally. The same button serves as the rewind release. On some examples, there is a film-type reminder dial in the rewind knob.
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Overall condition - Great condition for its age, very minor wear - 9/10
Example photos can be found here.
Manual can be found here.
Film for this camera can be found here.
This camera has been cleaned, mechanically tested and is in full working condition. Light seals are replaced when necessary.
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