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Marcy's Agfa Chief Camera Review:
This camera looks a lot like an Ansco Pioneer, only bigger. Its got a metal body with a round chunk of Bakelite sporting a glass lens. The little red shutter button can be set for "i" and "b". Whats interesting about this camera is the lens rotates for near and far. It also has a lever on the side of the lens that engages a yellow filter within the lens assembly. The film winder says "use PD-16 Agfa film". Well, I dont have PD-16 Agfa film. In fact, the camera requires 616 or 116 [larger than 120] film. So, I stuck my trusty plastic electrical wire protectors into the ends of a roll of 120 film and mooshed it into the camera. Only then did I realize that the take-up winder was missing a piece it needed to engage the spool. Made one out of metal and we were in business. Although the viewfinder is completely gone from the top of the camera, it still has its hokey braided handle on the side. It accepts a flash attachment that I dont have. The camera back says "Agfa Ansco, Binghamton NY Made in USA".
And here's what happens when you muck with film sizes and then don't pay attention to the fact that your counter will be off. A lesson learned:
McKeown's PRICE GUIDE TO ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC CAMERAS states, "c1940. Metal eye-level box camera. Similar to the Pioneer, but with zone focus and built-in finder. $1-$10."
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