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Agfa Trolix (Box 14)


Agfa Trolix (Box 14)
Agfa Trolix (Box 14)
Manufacturer: Agfa
Produced: 1936 - 1940
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Box
Film Type:120
Film width:62mm
Image Size:2¼ x 3¼ in
No. of Images:8
Lens Type:Meniscus
Focus Type:Fixed
Focal Length:95mm
Focus Range:6ft to inf.
Aperture Type :Multihole + yellow filter
Aperture :f/12, f/22
Shutter Type:Rotary
Shutter Speeds:B,I*(1/50 sec)
Size (w x h x d):88 x 110 x 130 mm
* Measured on this camera

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The Agfa Trolix, also known as Box 14, is a handsome looking box-type camera from 1936. It is made from Trolitan plastic which is the German equivalent of Bakelite. The use of black and chrome on the front plate gives it an expensive look. It has two reflecting brilliant finders. It has a red window with a swinging cover. The ribbed carry handle is particularly attractive. It has a single tripod socket on the base. The film is loaded by removing the back of the camera. There are two sliding lockes labelled AUF(open) and Zu(close).

The shutter has two modes - timed and instant. The timed shutter is like (B)bulb. The shutter mode is changed by turning a small dial on the front having a Dash for Timed and a Dot for Instant. The instant function is activated when the shutter release is pressed down, and again when the shutter release is moved up. The speed of the shutter on this camera was measured as 1/50 sec.

The aperture is changed by turning another small dial. The dial is marked '1 F 2'. In position '1' the aperture is f/12. In position 'F' the aperture is f/12 with a yellow filter in place. In position '2' the aperture is f/22. The yellow filter works with black & white film to give better contrast, especially between sky and clouds.

How to Use

This camera takes 120 film which is easily available.

As the shutter speed is only 1/50s, it is advisable to use a tripod to get clear shake free images. However, holding it against a wall or other solid object would work as well. For quick snapshots, hold it firmly against your body.

If you don't want to bother with an exposure meter, follow the guide shown. It is based on the 'Sunny 16' rule. Film is so forgiving and will produce acceptable results even when overexposed by 2 or 3 stops or underexposed by 1 stop.

The tables assume that the sun is at least 30 degrees above the horizon - that's 10am - 5pm on a summers day (May - August) in the UK.

Remember that the exposure guide in the manual may not be helpful as it is based on the use of old film with a low ISO value.

Using ISO 100/125 film - shutter speed 1/50s

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailApertureExposure
with sharp edges
f/22+1 Stops
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/12+1 Stop
OvercastBarely visiblef/12Good
Heavy OvercastNonef/12-1 Stop
Open Shade
Nonef/12-2 Stops
Not Acceptable

Photographs taken with this camera

Kodak Portra 160 film. All taken at f/12, 1/50s

American Museum, Bath
American Museum, Bath
Melksham Church
Melksham Church
Melksham Public House
Melksham Public House
Ararat Church, Cardiff
Ararat Church, Cardiff