Agfa

 AgfaPhoto

Agfa is (was) a very well known brand in the world of photography. Manufacturer of photographic chemicals, camera's and camera equipment, films, photographic paper and last but not least Professional photographic equipment for wholesale photo laboratories like developing machines, photographic printers and all other equipment for darkroom and daylight use. Well known types of professional printers are the Variograd, Colormator, 7560, N2B, MSP and their latest and last machine the digital printer system DWS.
 
Also a range of minilab equipment has been manufactured by Agfa. Several factories in Germany and Belgium belong to Agfa Group subsidiary of Bayer AG Ag. To name some; fa AG, Berlin, manufacturer of dry plates, films and chemicals. 1867 - 1948. Agfa AG Leverkusen, Film, photographic paper, chemicals. 1948 - 1964. Agfa AG Wolfen film, photographic paper and chemicals. 1910 - 1948. Agfa-Camerawerk Munchen, camera and lenses 1927 - 1984. Agfa-Geveart AG Photographic paper, film, chemicals. 1964 - .... Agfa ceased to exits around 2005 and has been split up into several companies.

The professional Photolabo equipment part was taken over by Express Imaging Solutions who already earlyer on acquired Gretag Switserland. Agfa has made several exposure meters like the Lucimeter, Lucimeter S, Lucimeter II, Lucimeter M and Lucimat.

Agfa-Ansco

The company was founded in 1842 (pre-dating Kodak in the photography business) as the E. and H.T. Anthony & Co. and became the Anthony & Scoville Co. in 1901. In 1928 Ansco merged with the German photo company Agfa into a corporation named Agfa-Ansco. Later that year that firm and other German owned chemical firms were merged into a German controlled (by IG Farben) Swiss based corporation named Inter-nationale Gesellschaft fur Chemische Unternehmungen AG or IG Chemie, in short. In 1929 the name was changed to American IG Chemical Corporation or American IG, later renamed General Aniline & Film and continued to produce cameras under the Agfa-Ansco name. The Agfa-Ansco interests in the U.S. and Binghamton factory was taken over by the US government in 1941 due to its ties with Germany. The company was sold as enemy assets to American interests. It continued to do business after World War II as Ansco. In 1967 the company was renamed General Aniline & Film (GAF), and a variety of cameras as well as films were sold under this name. The last Ansco cameras were produced in the early 1990s.


Agfa Camera Werk AG
Type: Agfa Lucimat
Selenium sensor
Year: 1960 - 1966
reflected & avarage light, incident light with special diffuser
Sensitivity: DIN 11 - 34 / 10 - 2000 ASA
Exp. time:
LV: 1 - 18

How does it work....
The Agfa Lucimat is a lightmeter funtioning more or less "automatic". It has no visible needle pointing to a value on a scale but has a galvano meter with an internal, not visible, needle. When starting a measurement the button on the left side need to be pushed inwards and locks. When activated, the button stays in this position until the release lever on the right side has been activated. When the button has been pushed, a clamp mechanisme is lifted and the needle of the galvano meter can move depending on the current generated by the selenium sensor and om his turn depending on the amount of light measured, when activating the release lever, the push buttun is released and travelling outbound

at the same time the clamp mechanisme is closing and holding the needle of the galvano meter in the current position. A lever is bouncing against the needle creating a mechanical measurement level, with this action the scale wheel is turning until it reached the stop point created by the lever bounced against the needle.

Agfa Camera Werk AG
Type: Agfa Lucimeter S
Selenium sensor
reflected & average light, incident light with special diffuser
Year: aprox 1958
Sensitivity: DIN 11 - 34 / 10 - 2000 ASA
Exp. time: 1/1000 ~ 8 sec.
Aperture: f/ 1.4 ~ 32
Inventor: " A. Winkler. Patent: 3.063.336

Agfa Camera Werk AG
Agfa Lucimeter M
Selenium sensor
reflected & avarage light
Sensitivity: DIN 9 - 32 / 6 - 800 ASA BSI
Exp. time: 1/1000 ~ 15 sec.
Aperture: f/ 1.4 ~ 32

  Agfa Camera Werk AG
Agfa Lucimeter
Selenium sensor
reflected & avarage light
Sensitivity: DIN 9 - 27 / 6 - 400 ASA BSI
Exp. time: 1/1000 ~ 16 sec.
Aperture: f/ 1.4 ~ 32

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