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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