Agfa Isomat Rapid in Case

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Agfa Isomat Rapid in Case

Excellent+ cosmetic condition and fully working

Supplied in case with neck strap & Rapid Cassette

General Agfa Isomat Rapid Information

The 1965 Isomat Rapid is one of Agfa's series of squared-off, largely plastic, "Iso" cameras made for their easy-loading Rapid film system. Versions with white or black nameplates are known.

The Isomat Rapid outwardly resembles Agfa's simple fixed-focus Rapid models like the Iso-Rapid I; and like those, it gives 16 square exposures of 24×24 mm per roll. Interlocks only allow the shutter to fire with the back closed and film advancing; and a frame counter behind the shutter release counts down the exposures remaining. (After the 16th exposure, the film advance will turn continuously but the shutter locks.) 

But the Isomat Rapid is a more sophisticated model, with weightier body and a scale-focusing, three-element Color-Agnar 38mm f/4.5 lens. The feet/meter distance scale is inconveniently located underneath the lens; instead simple pictograms face upwards towards the user. For two of these, the focusing scale has click-stop detents. The black-faced version of the camera has a "two heads" icon that is strangely chosen: When focused at this distance, the lens's field of view is actually well over a meter/yard high. The white-face camera has a more suitable icon, showing the whole torsos of two people.

While one might suspect that the "fly eye" panel beside the viewfinder might be a dummy light meter (as on other cheap snapshot cameras), this is a true selenium cell, which automatically adjusts the diamond-shaped lens aperture opening as the photographer presses the shutter release. If this aperture is within the available range of f/4.5–16, an indicator dot at the right side of the (not terribly accurate) viewfinder switches from red to green, indicating proper exposure. The camera has a fixed shutter speed, nominally 1/70th second, in autoexposure mode.

For flash exposure using the included hot shoe, a tab on the side of the lens permits manual selection of apertures. When using these settings, the shutter speed switches to approximately 1/30th of a second, to accommodate the burning time of bulb flashes.

The Isomat Rapid takes advantage of one advanced feature of the Rapid filmstandard, namely its emulsion-speed index tab. Whenever a photographer purchased a fresh roll of Agfa Rapid film, it would come loaded into a cassette with a tab encoding the appropriate film speed. This allowed a suitably-equipped Rapid camera to adjust its meter readings accordingly. The indexing key is a silver metal plate affixed to the side of the cassette, whose central tab is shorter for slow films and longer for fast ones. (Empty cassettes of any speed could be used in the film take-up compartment. Rapid rolls had the emulsion type punched into the loose tail of the film to remind the photographer which kind had just been shot.)

Rapid loads were standard perforated 35mm film, so today's photographer does not find it too daunting to reload empty Rapid cassettes in a darkroom; but the speed-index system does create the extra headache of locating (or modifying) cassettes for the correct tab length.


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Use a Camera Bag

A camera bag does more than just protect the camera against scratches and dust: It keeps it safe from rain because many are waterproof on the outside.

Be Very Careful Around the LCD Screen and Camera Lens

Use only special equipment to clean your camera’s LCD screen and camera lens. Buy a special cleaning kit that includes liquid solutions, microfiber cloths and brushes that have been specially designed to clean your camera lens.

Never Leave Your Batteries in Your Camera for Too Long
Many camera batteries are now alkaline or lithium formats. If you keep your camera with the batteries inside of it in a moist area, then the batteries can get corrosive. So if you’re thinking about just putting your camera on the shelf for several months, do yourself a favor and remove them.

Turn Your Camera Off Prior to Doing Anything

Before you do anything to your camera, always keep in mind that it should be turned off first. No matter what it is—swapping lenses, changing memory cards or disconnecting or attaching cables—your camera should be turned off.

Cold and Wet Weather Can Wreak Havoc on Your Camera Body
Take your camera out only in a waterproof bag. If the weather’s unusually cold, just wrap your camera in a plastic bag that has silica desiccant packets for the reduction of moisture. It’s also a smart idea to have a soft towel with you to wipe off any moisture, just in case it should get on your camera.

Good Memory Card Care Is Good Camera Care

Only transport your memory cards inside of a protective caseMake sure the memory cards stay dust-free at all times. When removing memory cards, make sure you do so indoors or in non-dusty situations.
Make sure that you keep memory cards only in cool places. Never keep them in places where they may heat up, like dashboards or glove compartments.
Never place your memory cards close to magnetic sources. Examples of magnetic sources are things such as audio speakers, TV monitors and actual magnets.

Use a Filter to Protect Your Camera Lens

The lens of your camera is naturally fragile. As such, it’s susceptible to scratches, cracks, dents…you name it. A UV filter will not only will you give your lens a fighting chance, but you’ll also enhance the quality of your pictures.

Condensation Can Be Controlled

Condensation normally happens when you move your camera between different temperatures.
Allow your camera a chance to naturally get used to the hotter environment. Don’t place it inside a closed plastic bag when transporting it between different temperatures! Just let the camera sit in the humid temperature for a while, until condensation disappears.
If this still doesn’t get rid of all of it, you can utilize a soft cloth to wipe away any remaining moisture and marks left behind from the condensation.