Agfa Ansco Jsolette (Isolette) V

Afga Cameras,

Can you believe it? Another $25 camera with case.

Agfa Ansco Jsolette V

Agfa Ansco Jsolette V

Before I continue I should mention that while these leather cases are neat-looking, they are most impractical, getting in the way more often than not, and they are not easy to get on and off. Anyway, on with the show . . . 

The Jsolette V (or Isolette V) was a cheaper version of the Jsolette II.

For them interested in this camera, the Wiki entry HERE gives information on the whole line, and HERE you can read a bit more about this model and even see photos taken with it, all written by a loving owner of a working camera.

There is no body-mounted shutter release like in the earlier versions. The button on top has one single purpose . . . it unlocks the cover, and out shoots the lens. I do mean shoot . . . the think springs open as if trying to imitate a Jack-in-the-Box . . . and it looks like this:

Agfa Jsolette V

Agfa Jsolette V

This is another nice-looking camera, and while the shutter kind of works, it does not lock in place.

Agfa Jsolette V

Agfa Jsolette V

The manual explains how it’s supposed to work:

isoletteV-7

isoletteV-8

isoletteV-9

isoletteV-10

Sounds neat, except the shutter snaps back on its own . . . yes; yet another display-only camera, and yet another I might open up to see if I can fix it. Maybe. Later. Sometime.

Agfa Jsolette V

Agfa Jsolette V

Like the other cameras, the body is in good shape. It’s at least 62 years old, and someone must have either forgotten it in a drawer, or was careful with it as I am with my stuff.

Here’s three more shots, and together with all the others, they comprise the content of the SmugMug gallery HERE.

Agfa Jsolette V

Agfa Jsolette V

Agfa Jsolette V

Agfa Jsolette V

Agfa Jsolette V

Agfa Jsolette V

I think if I buy more of these cameras, I will make sure everything works. Of course, it may then run me a bit more than $25. 

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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Wiggle Room

Wiggle Room

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8 Responses to Agfa Ansco Jsolette (Isolette) V

  1. sandra getgood says:

    Turning into a collector of antique cameras, then? The two you have shown us look in excellent condition….of course, it could be the amazingly detailed photographs you are taking of them that make them look so new. It will be an interesting collection.

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    • disperser says:

      Eh; collector is a strong word. I now have six or seven, mainly stuff that has caught my eye, and less because I knew anything about them. I thought they might one day make a nice display, and in the meantime they offer the opportunity to both take photographs and write.

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  2. colonialist says:

    The cameras are still impressive, and with ingenious compactness. Actually, the cases I remember were practical enough – the top flipped clear quickly and easily to hang down while a picture was taken.

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    • disperser says:

      The Viking in particular is a tight fit, and the bottom connection is off to the side. In addition, the opening in the case, where one might grab the camera is right at the view finders, and because of the way it’s cut in the back, you have to grasp the camera holding your fingers on them, risking smudging them.

      The hanging bit is not conducive to holding the camera steady, especially if there is a breeze, and really gets in the way if you want to re-orient the camera for composition.

      I look at the case as mainly a transportation and protection thing. I would have removed the camera from it if I was going to use it for more than one or two shots.

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  3. I love these old cameras.

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  4. oneowner says:

    This is an interesting camera, and yours looks to be in good shape. The Camerpedia page ( http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Agfa_Isolette_(Jsolette) shows this with a black top. Both are nice looking, imo.

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