The Agfa Synchro Box or in short Agfa Box was thrown onto the German camera market back in 1949 and in production until the late 1950s. So you see, this camera is a very old one!
It takes 120 medium format film and the images have a size of 6×9cm, either landscape or upright – depends on how you hold the camera. But the general handling of the Box allow rather upright than landscape pictures.
image from camerapedia
Like with the Agfa Clack you get just 8 images on one 120 medium format film but those images are again huge! Some people say you can even make a wallpaper out of one negative. But let’s come to the specifications of this little black Box. To load a film you need to open the back door and get the inner metal element out. Don’t forget to pull out the film advance wheel. Otherwise the metal element cannot be taken out because it is secured by the advance wheel. Then place the spool into its intended place (it’s a bit tricky though) and then roll the film across the back of the metal element and put the unexposed film spool in place. Then put the metal thing back into the camera, close the back and wind the film until you see the number ONE on the back of your film.
Because the Box has a aperture time of only 1/30 it isn’t easy to create sharp pictures. Most of them will turn out a bit blurry. Or you put the camera onto solid ground and then press the shutter release. My Box is a bit stubborn and the shutter cover doesn’t go back in place so I have to put the lever back in place by hand.
At the left side of the camera (seen from the front) are three different levers. WIth the top one you chose between normal and long exposure. For long exposure it has to be moved upwards and the downward position is for normal exposed images (see a little dot for normal images and a line for “B” exposures).The second lever puts a yellow filter in front of the lens. Just pull it out. And the one at the bottom is the release.
To get an image in focus you need to remember that you cannot get that close to the object. 3 meter to infinity is all you can do.
The viewfinder on this camera looks rather odd. There are, above the lens, two little viewfinders. One is coupled with the left viewfinder (the one on top of the camera) and the other one at the side of the camera is coupled with the right viewfinder. So if you turn the camera about 90 degrees you get landscape images and use the viewfinder next to all the levers.
Got it?! Just try it! It’s not as complicated as it may sound!