Loved by lofi-fans for its very compact size, the Agat 18/18K is a 35mm half-frame camera produced in Belarus beginning in the late 1980s. Find out more about this curious-looking Soviet compact snaper in this installment of Lomopedia!
Produced by MMZ and later Vilejka for MMZ (Belomo) in Minsk, Belarus beginning in 1984, the Agat 18 is a 35mm half-frame viewfinder camera with an all plastic body but equipped with a 28mm Industar glass triplet lens. Sought after by lofi-fans and camera collectors, the this Soviet camera, and its successor, the Agat 18K, are touted as some of the smallest and lightest half-frame cameras ever made.
This cheap camera is not without its own peculiarities, such as the vertical handling with the shutter button on the front face, and the film loading which requires users to take apart the camera. Another interesting feature is the “mechanical program mode” where the camera sets aperture and shutter speed based on the selected film speed and exposure icons on the front dial.
Technical Specifications for Agat 18K:
- Frame size: 18×24mm
- Lens: Industar-104 (ИНДУСТАР), 28mm f/2.8, glass triplet lens, filter slip-on
- Aperture: up to f/16
- Setting: The camera is totally manual, though not in the typical sense, since it works only in a “mechanical program mode” where you first set the film speed and then just use the “Sunny 16” icons on the front dial. The camera adjusts both aperture and shutter speed for a perfect exposure (it actually works quite well)
- Film speed: ISO 25-1600, set via the inner ring beneath the lens
- Focus range: 0.9-5m + infinity
- Focusing: manual front cell focusing
- Shutter: leaf shutter; speeds: 1/65 -1/540 not written on the scale, instead there are weather symbols, set the ring as to the actual situation of weather
- Shutter release: on front of the camera, not works without the film in the camera, w/ cable release socket
- Cocking knob: also winds the film, double exposure prevention, on the left of the camera
- Frame counter: auto-reset, additive type, window on the left side of the camera
- Viewfinder: bright frame, w/ parallax correction lines
- Rewind lever: folding crank, on the left side of the camera
- Rewind release: a button on the winding knob, set to red dot
- Flash PC socket: none
- *Hot shoe: *there was a cover on it
- Self-timer: none
- Back cover: removable, with the right side of the camera, opens by a latch on the right side
- Tripod socket: ¼", also usable as a hand strap socket
- Hand strap
- Body: plastic, shutter compartment metal
- Weight: 132g
- Serial number: first two digits show the production year in the camera
Check out the Agat 18K review by dogma to learn more about this camera!
All information for this article were sourced from Camerapedia.