my grandparents recently found their old camera again - it seems to be an agfa silette II, accroding to the imprint on the lens (color-agnar 45/2.8) - i cant seem to find any info on this specific model, but i assume it's one of the many versions that only vary in detail.
anyway, the camera is a really mint condition - the plastic in the filmchamber is glossy as on the first day ... so i decided to try if that camera from the 1950 would still work: the shutter needed some release to get to new live, but it seems it still runs the speeds correctly.
to get really vintage i worked with a metraphot 3 exposure meter - its from an even older, out of function zeiss ikonta of my dad's grandparents. the values seemed reasonable when i compared it to the matrixmetering of my fuji s5 - so i was ready to go.
having no other film at hand at that moment, i loaded a roll of superia 200 - which i realized was way too fast for a camera that only runs bulb, 30, 60 and 125-exposure times.
that showed the second problem - small apertures lead to significant amounts of sharpness - the third problem, the "focusing" was probably the biggest one ... scale focusing is something i would have to become familiar and comfortable with ...
anyway, it was great experience shooting so old stuff - what freaked me out most is the near-silent shutter and the extrem slow-down in photography -
im a digital kid (19 years old) , i started photography with a canon t70 (4 fun) 2.5 years ago, then learned the basics with a nikon d70s( 1 year) and now use a fuji s5 pro for 1.5 years - i started going the analog sideway a year ago with the canon t70 again ... with a semiautomatic, manual focus camera photography seemed so much slower to me, but gave me 10 times better results ( i mostly shoot slidefim) ... now i have a bessa r2a (bought on this forum, thx toni) lying next to me, waiting for a ultron 1.7 ...
but the silette is the peak of slowness so far - and it was great.
the pics below are from a trip to the local bank to transfer the money for the bessa.
edit: ah yeah, pics are scans from the 10x15cm prints from the local discount market - cheapest paper to save money in the case of total exposure mayhem ~ was not the case fortunately