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Agilux Agifold


Agilux Agifold
Agilux Agifold
Manufacturer: Agilux
Produced: 1948
Classification:Medium Format
Body Type:Folding Bed
Bellows Deployment:Self Erecting
Film Type:120/620
Film Width:62mm
Image Size:5.7 x 5.5 cm
No. of Images:12
Lens Type:Anastigmat
Focal Length:90mm
Focus Type:Variable
Focal Range:3.5ft - inf.
Aperture Type :Iris
Apertures :f/4.5 - f/32
Shutter Type:AGI
Shutter Speeds:T,B, I(1/125s, 1/100s, 1/50s, 1/25s)
Size Open (w x h x d):160 x 115 x 118 mm
Size Closed (w x h x d):160 x 115 x 50 mm

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The Agifold is a self erecting, folding camera. It was made in Croydon, UK by Agilux. This is the base model. There were several other models - some with rangefinder, some with an extinction light meter. Lenses and shutters were made by AGI themselves.

This early version has a shutter with speeds of 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/125 in instantaneous mode, together with B & T. The shutter release is located on the body which is automatically retracted as the camera is closed. It needs to be primed using a lever before firing. There is a remote shutter release port.

The f/4.5 lens is capable of focussing between 3.5ft and infinity. An iris type aperture provides apertures from f/4.5 to f/32. A scale is provided to show the range of focus for different apertures at different focus distances.

There is an eye-level viewfinder plus a waist level finder fitted together on a viewfinder block. The viewfinder block is pushed sideways to release the front of the camera.

The back features both a red and a green window with two sliders to select which to open. The red window is designed to be used with orthochromatic film and the green with panchromatic film.

The shutter is flash synchronised via two pins on the side of the lens panel.

There is a tripod mount provided on the base.

How to Use

With modern film you can use either the red or green window to advance the film. The only proviso is that you use the same one throughout the film. The windows should only be opened when winding on in subdued light.


Shutter speeds are 1/25s, 1/50s and 1/100s and 1/125s although the accuracy is not guaranteed. The speeds of 1/100s and 1/125s can be used interchangeably producing very little difference in exposure.

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.

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

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

If you are not sure about the light level, err on the side of overexposure - i.e. assume the smaller f number.

Where there is a choice, a larger f number will give a larger depth of field.

For the slower speeds, you may need a tripod to stop blur through shake.

Using ISO 100/125 film

Weather ConditionsShadow DetailShutter Speed (s)
with sharp edges
Slight OvercastSoft around edgesf/22f/16f/11
OvercastBarely visiblef/16f/11f/8
Heavy OvercastNonef/11f/8f/5.6
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