A Mysterious Roll Found: Agfa Isopan ISS


I have read a lot of stories about people who found rolls in old cameras. I never had the thrill of this experience, until now.

I found this camera when I was visiting a thrift store in Tilburg, it was laying in a basket full of other (not so interesting) cameras. I mainly bought it for parts as it looked very beaten up and damaged, you can’t really see it in the picture, but that thing really is in a bad shape. Nonetheless, I liked it so I took it with me. I was walking around with the camera in the thrift store, looking for other stuff that caught my interest. At that time I didn’t open the back of the camera yet. Still, this camera felt different, it felt a bit heavier, almost like a roll of film was inside. I carefully opened the camera up a bit and saw a little part of a pink roll. It was quite unwound over the time, so I quickly closed the back of the camera again and went to the checkout. I only had to pay one euro for it.

Back at home I went to my darkroom and wound the roll up tightly again, then I prevented it from unwinding by placing a little rubber band over it.

Time passed fast, but I never forgot about that mystery roll. At one point I just had to let it be developed, too curious I guess. The people at the shop found it unusual but funny to still have to develop such an old roll. They asked me far more details about the roll than they usually would, just so they knew that they would do the right thing and not screw it up by wrong processing. I found on the internet that the Agfa Isopan ISS is a 100ASA B/W film, and that’s what I told the people at the store. A week later I got a phone call from the store that my photos were ready. I didn’t expect something was on the roll at all, so I was thrilled when I saw that still 3 pictures made it. As you can see below they came out rather abstract, but I’m really not disappointed with the results.

Credits: goomba

You’ll have to look closely, but there is still a lot to see on these pictures. Whatever you see, post them here so others can see what you found.

written by goomba on 2011-10-17 in #lifestyle #agfa-isopan-iss #1960-s #old-school #old #found-film #thrift-store #lomography #1950-s #people #vintage-camera #120-format #analogue-lifestyle #agfa-clack #mystery #1970-s


  1. sidsel
    sidsel ·

    Nice find! These look like they'd been taken in some dark places, like a house, to me, as the only thing I seem to recognize are windows, though I'm not too sure about it. Can you see anything/anything else in them? Now I'm curious! ;-)

  2. goomba
    goomba ·

    I think the same, in the first picture if you look well you can see a plant and a man sitting in a chair. You need to look very carefully though! :-)

  3. has
    has ·

    a little spooky I think...

  4. goomba
    goomba ·

    @has: Just a little ;-)

  5. ali55
    ali55 ·

    This is really interesting! It looks although, in the second and third photographs, its taken inside and your looking outside through the windows in the images...

  6. clownshoes
    clownshoes ·

    Great Article

  7. goomba
    goomba ·

    @clownshoes: Thanks, and thanks for the likes on my pictures as well. I appreciate it! :-)

  8. vdubber67
    vdubber67 ·

    Very spooky pics, and nice article. I love found films too :)

  9. goomba
    goomba ·

    @vdubber67: Thanks! I'm glad you like reading my article. :-)

    I may even get more found films, as a friend of mine had 3 old SLR cameras laying around, all of them with a roll of film inside, I can have those for free! I really hope there is anything on the film, or otherwise I still have 3 nice cameras, so it's win-win. ;-)

  10. blikka
    blikka ·

    OH MY!! Can't believe the coincidence. Something very similar has happened to me. I bought an Agfa Clack online and to my surprise the seller told me that there was a film inside, with 2 photos shot. It must be from the sixties or so. I didn't know which film was inside till today. I have finished shooting the roll and as soon as I saw the name of the film, googled it. Here I am :P
    I'm not very hopeful, maybe there's nothing on those two pics, but I can't wait to see the results!!! :)

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