Isolette (Jsolette)

Isolette (Jsolette)

Serial Number: Cam0016

Horizontal folding medium format camera

Agfa Kamerawerk AG

Country of Origin:
Munich, Germany

Production Period:
1936 - 1942

Approximate Price:
USD 200.00


Status: Display

TThe Agfa Isolette (Jsolette) is a horizontal-folding medium format camera made by Agfa Kamerawerk AG, Munich, Germany. This folding camera first came on the market as the Isorette (Jsorette) but the name
changed to Isolette (Jsolette) quite soon. From late 1937 the name writing form of I (like J) changed again to Isolette.
This means that very early 1936/37 models have a Jsolette writing on the front plate leatherette of the camera.
Isolette production lasted till 1942. This model was called in Germany during the WW II times the "Soldatenkamera"
(Soldiers' Camera) also. One of the very distinctive feature is the top-plate which is made of a plastic called "Trolitan".
There were many different lens/shutter combinations.
Model: 1937, Jsolette (pronounced Isolette, the cameras with the name writing as Jsolette produced in only 1937,
later the writing changed as Isolette)
Folding film camera, roll 120 type rollfilm,
Dual format 6x6cm and 6x4.5cm (by the built in internal mask halves)
Lens: Igestar (Jgestar, later the writing as Igestar) 6.3/8.5cm, also offered with Apotar 4.5/8.5cm or Solinar 4.5/8.5cm
Focusing: manual front element focusing, guess the distance, Focus range: 1-10m +inf, on the scale 3m and 10m are
red coloured, a reminder for portrait and group shots
Shutter: Vario, speeds: 1/25-1/125 + T&B (no click stops, also offered with Pronto, Prontor II, Compur or Compur-Rapid.
Cocking and Shutter release: by the same small knob on the top plate, pressing this button cocks the shutter and
release it
Viewfinder: optical direct vision viewfinder
Bellows: Automatic opening
Others: self-timer; hinged back cover;
Body: metallic, top plate: a plastic called Trolitan, Weight: 504g