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Agfa Clack - A Sad Story with a Happy Ending!

A medium format camera this piece of German optical engineering gives 8 frames per roll!

I found this little old camera in the trash. How could someone throw it in garbage? Well, it was in the middle of other old things, but it’s calling for help, calling for somebody to rescue it from an awful destiny and feed it again with fresh (or dated) film. That exactly what I did.

This faded beauty is a powerful little and funny shaped piece of Germany optical and mechanical engineering! It´s single element lens was perfect designed to give sharp images from 3m to infinite and they add a little additional lens for closer portraits.

It´s a 120 film camera with a 6×9cm sized frame, that means 8 photos in one roll, but you can imagine a 135 film on it? I can! 9cm wide of sprocket beauty!

Do you prefer 6×6? With a little bit of imagination and some black paper you can mask the camera to square photography (don’t forget to drill a little hole in the back to see the number for 6×6 format in 120 films, and sealed it with some red rosco gels). It´s a little versatile and brave camera that can be modified and used for Lomography and toy camera lovers alike.

written by dux_x

18 comments

  1. oldskool_rider

    oldskool_rider

    for a camera that was found in the rubbish, this is incredible!
    great story, and i love the shots, especially 5 and 6!!

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  2. disdis

    disdis

    Nice story and better pictures! Treat her right!

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  3. anarchy

    anarchy

    Very nice gallery =D

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  4. breakphreak

    breakphreak

    so sentimental :)

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  5. zulupt

    zulupt

    Great review and gallery!I´ve recently bought a Agfa Click and a Agfa Clack and I really appreciate the tips.
    Congrats.

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  6. stouf

    stouf

    Oh yeah super review !

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  7. superlighter

    superlighter

    clap clap clap clap!!!!!

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  8. eyecon

    eyecon

    Especially the B/W are great!

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  9. stinketier

    stinketier

    nice review, i have also a Agfa Clack.
    Bought it for one euro (ebay).
    Love This Camera!

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  10. vicuna

    vicuna

    great review!!

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  11. altprocess

    altprocess

    I've had my Clack (I think an ointment will clear it up) for almost two years now. I never thought of the square mask for it. I would add more piece of advice for anyone getting a Clack. It shoots best with ISO 50 film, ISO 100 should be the maximum ISO.

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  12. mattcharnock

    mattcharnock

    i have one of these and its awesome! good job!

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  13. myriam-l

    myriam-l

    I've got a Clack too. Is there something special to do to use a 135 film ? This is something very tempting...

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  14. copefan

    copefan

    I bought one a few days ago just waiting for it to be delivered!

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  15. goomba

    goomba

    This is an amazing story! I love both the Click and the Clack. The Clack was the camera that started it all for me, bought it at a thrift store costing only €3,00. It even came with the original Agfa camera bag!

    Im currently trying to completely refurbish mine, when I finish it I will post a Tipster about it, so stay tuned! :)

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  16. pinkpix

    pinkpix

    I also own a Click and a Clack, but I have never tried them out. It would be so great if I could shout 35mm film with it, but I am such a noob when it comes to modifying cameras. And also to 120mm film. Which means that they just hang around in my house, waiting to see the wide world... some day.

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  17. marcel2cv

    marcel2cv

    Poor Clack... thanks for the rescue! Have fun with it! I own 2 of them. :-)

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  18. ohpleasedontgo

    ohpleasedontgo

    Nice article! Got my clack yesterday. So excited to take the first shots. Will also try to use it with 35 mm film.

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