Conveniently located across the street from the Lomography Gallery Store Greenwich Village in NYC, the Goodwill store often carries a vintage camera in the window. So what did I do three months ago? I went inside and asked to see the camera and how much it cost. Read on to find out more about the secondhand beauty I found!
If you’ve never heard of Goodwill, it is an organization dedicated to helping people and families in need. One of the ways they collect money is through their Goodwill stores where they accept donated items and sell them. As they always put the most valuable and desired items in the window display, I’ve made it a routine to always stop and look at the window every time I visit the Lomography store – which is quite often.
The first time I noticed a vintage camera in the window, I didn’t recognize it and wasn’t familiar with the brand at all – I was still very new to analogue photography. It said Agfa Karat on the camera. Intrigued, I went inside the store and asked the sales clerk to see it. It looked like it was in pretty great condition with all the functions seemingly working. I did some fast research on the spot with my handy smartphone to find out that it was specifically an Agfa Karat IV – a German folding 35mm rangefinder from the 50s. So when I found out that the camera was only $30, I decided “what the hell – I’ll buy it!” Worst case scenario, it’d make a nice vintage display item.
I loaded it up with some expired Kodak Professional Plus-X 125 that I got at the Lomography store across the street and I was really pleasantly surprised with the results of the camera!
I was however noticing some focus issues in a few photos such as this shot of the Ghandi statue in Union Square.
I believe the rangefinder might be slightly off or it could be the fact that the folder may not be extending all the way open. But I guess that that’s one of the risks you take when buying a used camera. Luckily this is only a minor issue that doesn’t seem to trouble me all too often.
As my first rangefinder camera I’ve truly fallen in love with this secondhand beauty, even with its quirks. I’m happy to have produced some really great shots, especially coupled with Kodak Ektar 100. Check out some of the photos!
Find out a little more about the Agfa Karat IV.
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