Agfa B-2 Cadet  –  Vintage Camera

Agfa B-2 Cadet (three quarters)

Agfa B-2 Cadet (three quarters)

Agfa B-2 Cadet (three quarters)

Agfa B-2 Cadet (three quarters)

Agfa B-2 Cadet (front view)

Agfa B-2 Cadet (front view)

Agfa B-2 Cadet (rear view)

Agfa B-2 Cadet (rear view)

Agfa B-2 Cadet (top view)

Agfa B-2 Cadet (top view)

Agfa B-2 Cadet (with 35mm cassette for scale)

Agfa B-2 Cadet (with 35mm cassette for scale)

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Agfa B-2 Cadet Specifications

Manufacturer: Agfa-Ansco
   
Country of Origin: Germany
   
Made in: Binghamton, NY, USA
   
Introduced: 1937
   
Camera Type: Box, Viewfinder
   
Format: 120 Film
   
Dimensions (cm): 8 x 10.5 x 12.5

Agfa B-2 Cadet Review

The Agfa B-2 Cadet is a simple box camera introduced in 1937 by Agfa. Even though the Cadet is a German camera designed in Germany, it was actually manufactured in Binghamton, New York in the factory of American camera company Ansco since they were owned by Agfa at the time. In fact, the company was known as Agfa-Ansco from 1928 until 1941 when the United States entered the Second World War and seized control of Ansco back from the Germans.

Being a simple box camera, the Agfa B-2 Cadet features a basic meniscus lens with a fixed aperture and a simple rotary shutter that has two speeds: 1/60 and time (achieved by pulling out the metal tab next to the shutter lever). To load and unload film, the film door must first be unlatched then the frame advance lever must be pulled to allow the camera’s internals to slide out. The Cadet accepts 120 film (designated as B-2 film by Agfa). As is relatively common with other box cameras at the time, the B-2 features two waist-level viewfinders: one for portrait (located on top) and one for landscape when the camera is rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise.

A small group of close friends gave me this lovely little box camera as a wedding gift along with a Kodak Baby Brownie Special and two Allied campaign maps from WWII. Best wedding gift ever.

Want one for yourself? Find your very own Agfa B-2 Cadet on eBay.

References:

McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown’s Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 2001-2002. (Grantsburg: Centennial Photo Service, 2001), 36.

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