Agfa Ansco Viking Camera

 What do we have here?

Agfa Ansco Viking
Agfa Ansco Viking

It looks like a slightly damaged case to what appears a fairly substantial camera . . .

Agfa Ansco Viking
Agfa Ansco Viking

It is an Agfa-Ansco Viking camera, and depending what one might read, it’s either from the early 1940s, or from 1946. There is no Wiki for this specific camera, although they do have an entry under Agfa Viking-6.3, but the top of that camera does not look like this one.

Agfa Ansco Viking
Agfa Ansco Viking

So . . . another camera severely lacking in information. The above links contain about as much information as I could find, and I did not feel bad after chancing on this LINK; the guy repaired cameras (retired now), and he was not sure of the name either.

There is a section at SmugMug that will have individual galleries for each camera I showcase. The gallery for this camera is HERE .

What I like about these kinds of cameras is the fact there are mechanisms involved with its operation  . . . first you open it by pressing the button next to the film winding knob.

Agfa Ansco Viking
Agfa Ansco Viking

The camera is in good shape, but I should have dusted it a bit . . . but that only became obvious just now, as I processed the photos.

Agfa Ansco Viking
Agfa Ansco Viking

Do you see the red button? That presses a lever that works the paddle visible below and to the left of the lens. The paddle pushes the shutter which slides horizontally under the lens, the camera snaps the picture, and then a spring resets everything to the ready position once the finger lifts from the button. 

It sticks a bit, but it works. What does not seem to work very well is the shutter; it’s open, and while it does move when you press the button. It partially closes, but remains open . . . not good for the film. I will be trying to repair this, and I’ll report on how bad I do once I do it.

There is another button just below the pop-up viewfinder, and that releases the locking tab for the articulated arms so one can close the the camera.

Take note of the pop up landscape viewfinder atop the camera . . . 

Agfa Ansco Viking
Agfa Ansco Viking

. . . and now, take note of the viewfinder on top of the lens . . . you look down on it for for portrait photography, but it rotates (clockwise as shown above) so that once you rotate the camera 90deg, you can use it to sight your portrait photos. Here is the thing . . . the camera has to be rotated with the shutter button on the bottom (counterclockwise from the position shown) to look through that viewfinder. Frankly, I don’t know why you would do that as opposed to just using the camera right-side-up, and availing yourself of the pop-up finder.

Agfa Ansco Viking
Agfa Ansco Viking

This camera came with an old roll of film still in it . . . At least I presume it’s film.  I did not want to pull it out to see.

Lastly, the small glass viewfinder is not bad . . . not great, but not bad.

Agfa Ansco Viking viewfinder
Agfa Ansco Viking viewfinder

Keeping in mind this camera currently is strictly a decorative piece (and the subject of this blog post), the $25 I paid for it might seem a bit steep to some (as it does me), especially since the guy in the article only paid $8 for his. Then again, for $8 I can get a really beat-up version of this camera on eBay . . . plus pay $12 for shipping.  I’m happy with the purchase, and if I ever tire of it, it’ll go up on eBay for about what I paid. 

Side note . . . the fabric I used for the backdrop has been hanging for nearly 6 months, and while I was hoping they would lessen, the wrinkles are still not out. I was too lazy to do anything about it, so you get to enjoy the creases. I’ll try and do better for the next shoot.

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Overcrowded
Overcrowded

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