The Agfa Isomat-rapid is alive!


Some years ago I came across a few charming little camera’s in a thrift store. The Agfa rapid-series looked like some nice little unassuming camera’s, and for about 1 euro each, three of them were mine.

Back home I realised normal films wouldn’t fit into them. Instead, you need two special metal containers: one with the unexposed film, and one to take up the unexposed film. Once you’ve use all the film, you can take out the now full container, and the empty one can serve as a new take up can. Needless to say, these are no longer on the market. Two of my new purchases did have an empty container inside, but without film, what was I going to do? In the end, the camera’s ended up in a box in the attic, and I forgot about them.

A few months ago, while looking for a lost lens (still not found by the way…) I came across the Rapids again. Since I have now more than enough experience with cutting up film to make redscale, and pinholes etc., I thought I might as well cut up some film and stuff it into the rapid-cans. And so I did.

I’m quite pleased with the results (even though you can tell I still need some practice developing and scanning).

Credits: stratski

written by stratski on 2011-09-23


  1. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    I love rapid cameras. lovely pictures!

  2. goomba
    goomba ·

    Yes, the Isomat-Rapid is a delightful camera.

  3. pesoto74
    pesoto74 ·

    I'm like you in that I had one of these setting around for a while before I used it. It really is a fun simple camera to use.