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AGFA Isolette - Behold The Sacred Relics

There are many versions of AGFA Isolette, I will be reviewing AGFA Isolette I, which I own, here. It is a medium format wonder! Due to its collapsible nature it is the most convenient middle format camera to take with you ! I LOVE my Isolette :D

image from thecamerasite

The Isolette is a bellows camera and its compact nature coupled with the fantastic AGFA lenses makes it a very efficient medium format Lomography camera for quick sniping of great shots! Just press the button to unfold the camera and shoot as if it was your Smena 8M! It is full of manual camera goodness including multiple exposures and bulb setting for long exposures !

The greatest problem is to find one in good working condition. The bellows and the shutter are sensitive to the ravages of time and most often than not these are ancient relics found in attics, exposed to not-so-ideal conditions. These problems can be fixed however, it just takes some time and someone knowledgeable. I was lucky with my Isolette and it works perfectly.

It is always really funny how people look at you when you shoot with an antique bellows camera! Several conversations have started from this. What are you waiting for? Scout for an AGFA Isolette NOW !

written by cyan-shine


  1. sugiyamasatomi


    amazing gallery! Specially 1 and 2 are great!

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  2. dogma


    amazing camera! but which model of isolette it is? It looks like isolette v

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  3. eyecon


    Yeah, I can only agree - 1 & 2 are like captured from a dream!

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  4. its_gone


    I was gonna review this as soon as i got my photos back from the lab, :(
    Oh well, Great review by the way.

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  5. its_gone


    I got mine Perfect condition for £20 at my local camera shop :D

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  6. cyan-shine


    @sugiyamasatomi: Thanks a lot :D
    @dogma: The picture of the camera has been added by lomography.com and is from "thecamerasite" and, I think you are right, it seems to be an Isolette V. I myself own an Isolette I and plan to upload photos of it soon, along with pics of all my other cameras, but I want it to be something special ;)
    @eyecon Thanks :D :D
    @its_gone Thank you and congratulations on getting an Isolette so cheaply! I'm looking forward to your review :)

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  7. moochie_lomo


    Nice shots! They look sufficiently old-timey for an older camera. Excellent!

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  8. stouf


    Very pretty shots ! I love the first and last particularly !

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  9. kylewis


    lovely review and the images are full of atmosphere!

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  10. monsterwiz

    hi can u specify which cam shop u bought it as i cant found it near my place. i live in London.
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  11. emvar


    I'll try to get to one of these.. looks amazing.. :)

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  12. anthropus


    I have one too! :) My uncle passed it down to me. However, after getting my first roll back I was told that the camera probably is broken... Most of my photos were very blurry :( I was very careful to set the right focus, so I do not know what to do. I really hope it is all my fault as the camera is beautiful! Any advice?

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  13. mhinas


    I have one of those :-) Love it :-)
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