AGFA Solinette 35mm folder camera. Manual needed.

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Glenn Mathison, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. Anyone know where I can get a copy online? I've searched long and hard but
    have had no luck so far.

    The camera works quite well, but there are a couple of features that are a
    mystery to me.

    Thanks
    Glenn - Sydney Australia
     
    Glenn Mathison, Jul 17, 2003
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  2. I don't have a manual but I am familiar with many old german cameras
    and even once had a Solinette. Did not use it myself but made some
    minor repairs on it. Don't hesitate to ask your questions.

    Winfried
     
    Winfried Buechsenschuetz, Jul 17, 2003
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  3. Glenn Mathison

    howard Guest


    $20 from here..
    www.craigcamera.com/ib_agfa.htm


    howee.
    backfire.co.uk
     
    howard, Jul 17, 2003
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  4. Glenn Mathison

    Mike Elek Guest

    Glenn,

    I can't recall if I have a manual, and at the moment I'm hundreds of miles
    from my things. I have both a Solinette II and a Super Solinette. If you
    have any questions, possibly I can help. I bet you want to know about that
    button and slide switch on the back!

    -Mike
     
    Mike Elek, Jul 18, 2003
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  5. Nope, I fgured that part out.. Just unsure of the function of the lever
    under the front of the lens barrel, looks a little like the shutter cocking
    arm, but near it is a letter M and a yellow dot, like the flash selector
    lever on the top of the lens. Any ideas?

    Have already shot a roll of b&w file through it and the results were really
    quite nice.

    Glenn - Sydney
     
    Glenn Mathison, Jul 18, 2003
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  6. John Mitchell, Jul 18, 2003
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  7. Glenn Mathison

    Mike Guest

    Glenn, it sounds like your camera has a Prontor shutter. If so, I
    think that is a self-timer lever. You move the lever to the yellow
    dot, advance the film/cock the shutter and then hit the shutter
    release. When new, I think it gave a seven- or 10-second delay.

    If the self-timer doesn't start moving or stutters, it's likely that
    the timer's clock-like mechanism is gummed up. You can sometimes press
    in the opposite direction. Don't force it though. You can clean it
    yourself, but I've thought the Prontor shutters were a real pain to
    reassemble.

    I think you might be able to go in through the front to do enough
    maintenance, but you'd want to remove all of the lens elements.

    This probably is more information than you wanted, and you might just
    decide to avoid using the self-timer.

    Keep an eye on the bellows. For some reason, Agfa didn't use
    first-rate material. I've found that the Solinettes' bellows are a bit
    more durable than the 120 medium-format Isolettes when it comes to
    bellows.
     
    Mike, Jul 19, 2003
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  8. Ok Mike, thanks for that, answers my questions well enough. And no, I won't
    be disassembling any lens parts if it can't be made to work.

    Thanks to all for the feedback.

    Happy Shooting to all.

    Glenn - Sydney
     
    Glenn Mathison, Jul 19, 2003
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