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AGFA Ambi SIlette (1957-8)
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2022 1:05 pm    Post subject: AGFA Ambi SIlette (1957-8) Reply with quote

I learned about this beauty a few years back, thanks to an article in Stephen's Gandy Cameraquest. He called it poor man's Leica and I was curious about it.
A full description of the camera here: Ambi Silette - Camera-wiki.org - The free camera encyclopedia

A few weeks back someone in APUG offered a complete kit (Type I) with all 4 lenses+proxar.
Speeds below 15 were sluggish but that is a common problem with Compurs that can be solved with a few drops of electrical contact cleaner in the shutter to clean the slow-gear assembly and self timer, both should be fine for a few years

Went outside with Film and a few observations
- Speed ring is very easy to use
- Lens focusing seems to be precise, the viewfinder is bright and the framelines are very nice.
- Aperture ring in the front is a VG idea, can use them without watching
- Camera handles very well for the age, nice and bright viewfinder, and the frame lines are a joy to use
- Changing lenses is super-easy, whomever invented that mount should teach the others a few lessons
- No lightmeter but that is fine, I have a handheld and also an app in the mobile phone.
- It is sad that AGFA wasn't more successful with this, the system handles better than the Contax (I know this is heresy)
- Ambion 35mm/4 lens is a joy to use, the 50mm is good but the 90 and 130 feel awkward, especially the 130 is huge

Flash synch should work at all speeds with electronic flash, I ordered the Godox Lux Senior with the retro look and should be fine.

Photos with 35/4 lens
Kodak Gold 200 exposed using sunny 16 (250/11)
Cary NC

PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2022 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice photo's!
You did well for exposure.
It's been about a year since I used my on-board in my head meter. Wink
Interesting camera too.


PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2022 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very luminous and at the same time well exposed shots, even indoors. The camera must have a great optics.