“O” is for Optima

“O” is for the Agfa Optima.

The Optima series of cameras by Agfa were among the first ‘automatic’ 35mm cameras. That is, by pressing the certain buttons, it would select the correct shutter speed and aperture for getting the correct exposures.

The Agfa Optima II S. 1961-1966
The Agfa Optima II S. 1961-1966

This was a coupled rangefinder camera. You still were responsible for focusing it.

The coupled rangefinder meant you focused as you measured the range.
The coupled rangefinder meant you focused as you measured the range.

 

Reference: McKeown’s Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th edition, ISBN 0-931838-40-1

The other cameras featured in this A to Z Challenge are linked on this page.

Published by paleololigo

Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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