Agfa Parat-I  –  Vintage Camera

Agfa Parat-I (three quarters)

Agfa Parat-I (three quarters)

Agfa Parat-I (three quarters)

Agfa Parat-I (three quarters)

Agfa Parat-I (front view)

Agfa Parat-I (front view)

Agfa Parat-I (rear view)

Agfa Parat-I (rear view)

Agfa Parat-I (top view)

Agfa Parat-I (top view)

Agfa Parat-I (bottom view)

Agfa Parat-I (bottom view)

Agfa Parat-I (with 35mm cassette for scale)

Agfa Parat-I (with 35mm cassette for scale)

Agfa Parat-I (three quarters)Agfa Parat-I (three quarters)Agfa Parat-I (front view)Agfa Parat-I (rear view)Agfa Parat-I (top view)Agfa Parat-I (bottom view)Agfa Parat-I (with 35mm cassette for scale)

Agfa Parat-I Specifications

Manufacturer: Agfa AG
   
Country of Origin: West Germany
  (modern day Germany)
   
Made in: West Germany
  (modern day Germany)
   
Introduced: 1963
   
Camera Type: Viewfinder
   
Format: 135 Film (half-frame)
   
Dimensions (cm): 10.9 x 7.2 x 4.9

Agfa Parat-I Review

The Agfa Parat-I is a fixed-lens half-frame 35mm cameras introduced by Agfa in 1963. There are a total of three nearly visually identical cameras released in 1963 that use the Parat name with a few key differences: the Parat-I (no meter), the Paramat (fixed shutter speed, automatic aperture control), and the Optima-Parat (automatic exposure system, different lens options).

Besides the rectangular shutter button with threaded cable socket, most of the controls on the front of the camera are located on the lens barrel. Two identical plastic tabs at eight and four o’clock on the lens barrel control the shutter speed and aperture while focus is set by turning the ring immediately surrounding the Color-Apotar 30mm f/2.8’s front element. The top plate is home to a film rewind knob as well as a film rewind release button and hot shoe located just above the film advance lever on the back. The film door latch, tripod socket, and film counter are on the bottom.

I’m a great admirer of 1960s Agfa cameras and their sleek, stylish design so when I saw the Parat-I, I found and bought one on eBay because knew I had to add it to my collection. I love its geometric angles, the flatness of the lens, and its overall compact form factor. I don’t buy many cameras based on looks alone, but this was one of those times.

Want one for yourself? Find your very own Agfa Parat-I 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), 29.

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