Vintage Camera Review: Agfa Click 1

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Agfa Click

The Agfa Click 1 is a vintage medium format view finder camera that was manufactured between 1958 and 1970. It may have long since been out of circulation, but it is still very easy to get your hands on your own Click (depending on the model, as 1 and 2 seem to be most popular) via online sales sites such as ebay, etsy, etc and photography fairs. Generally for a very reasonable price also. I paid € 12,50 for mine, registered shipping via courier included, which is still a lot cheaper than your average Lomography camera. Plus, even though it is plastic, it is sturdier than your average Lomo camera as well, and generally produces far better quality photos.

Antwerp Central Station

Antwerp Central Station
Inside at dusk
Film: Kodak T-MAX 100

The Click is a very easy camera to handle. It’s what I like to call “an easy loader”, meaning that it is utterly uncomplicated to load, it’s no different than loading a manual 35mm camera (other than that you need to use 120mm film, which requires a little more care and handling to load, but it’s not a hassle at all) and taking pictures with it is a breeze. Basically this camera does 3 settings: sunny, cloudy/indoors (only in well lighted rooms!) and a yellow filter for higher contrast (which I personally never use). It doesn’t have distance settings, it does 3 meter to infinity. Whatever you do, make sure you are at least 3 meters away from your subject, or it will be (very) blurry.

Double exposure at the Stadsfeestzaal

Double exposure at the Antwerp Stadsfeestzaal
Film: Kodak Ektar 100

Stadsfeestzaal

Anwerp Stadsfeestzaal
Film: Kodak T-MAX 100

The release lever is on the side of the lens, but because of the shape of the camera and how easy it feels in your hand, it’s not actually a bother if you don’t have a perfectly stable wrist. There is little difference between your regular top release button and this particular one in use, which is a definite bonus.
It has the option to add an Agfa Clibo flash, so should you want to add flash, it’s at least a possibility as they seem to be easy enough to get online (I’m personally not interested as I only photograph in no-flash-needed circumstances with this camera).

Grote Markt - Antwerp, Belgium

Brabo Fountain and City Hall, Antwerp, Belgium
Film: Kodak Ektar 100

It will quite happily shoot well on both colour and black & white film, making it a very handy and practical camera to own if you love medium format but don’t want to fuss about. It may have a toy camera feel, but it produces very nice quality photos, setting it apart from many of its contemporary medium format counterparts.

Aachener Dom

Aachener Dom (Aachen cathedral), Aachen, Germany
Film: Lomography color negative 400

a bunch of my friends at the Christmas market

A bunch of my friends at a fashion walk, Groenplaats, Antwerp, Belgium
Film: Lomography color negative 400.

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