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Frugal Film Project: Pre-1940 Camera Options

IFor the 4th Quarter of 2020 I tested the Agfa Billy Clack No. 51, a 645 medium format camera from 1934/. The cost on EBay was $35. The Photos were quite successful, leading me to try my other less than $50 Pre-1940’s cameras:

Pre-1940’s CamerasYearCostFormat
Mom’s Kodak Art Deco 620 Camera1933Free620
Kodak Jiffy Series II SIX 20 Camera1928-32$14620
AGFA Billy Clack 51 6×4.5 German strut folding1934$35120
AGFA Billy Clack 74 6X9 German strut folding1934$40120
AGFA Isolette 6X6 German Strut folding1937$35120

So these are the primary cameras I will be using for The Frugal Film Project.

AGFA Billy Clack 74 6X9 is the January 2021 Camera I will Start with. Using Ektar 100 Film to capture the end of the Holiday Saeson.

The rest of the Cameras givin in no particular use order. I’ll just have to see what the conditions are and what’s going n that’s of Photographic interest. In other wirds, I’ll let the circumstance pick the camera and the film.

AGFA Billy Clack 51 6×4.5 I’ve had a lot of success with. So it may make more than on appearance in the project.

AGFA Isolette 6X6 shows some promise. I will probably reserve it for the faster B&W film, the Tri-X 400.

And now for the Kodak Cameras……….

Mom’s Kodak Art Deco 620 Camera. This camera needs a bit of a work out. It uses 620 format film (similar to 120 film). I’ve only put one roll of film through it. There’s no formal unboxing. M mom simply gave it to me Christmas 2019 in a cloth bag.

NEEDS PHOTO

Kodak Jiffy Series II SIX 20, The non-Art Deco version of Mom’s camera. I have not yet tested this camera. So we shall see…….

There are also some Post-1940 cameras, such as my Grandfather’s Argus Brick, which will likely be a part of this year;s Frugal Film. We’ll introduce those cameras as I apply thm.

Wrapping up Frugal Film 2020: Kodak Tri-X 400 Film & Agfa Billy Clack No. 51

Wrapping up the Q4 2020 postings. I have the Photo selections for the 4th Quarter below.. Click here he 2020 Posting Summary.

Frugal Film October 2020: Out of Focus

Frugal Film November 2020: Curves

Frugal Film December 2020: Salt River, Arizona

Summary of the #CameraChallenge from ILFORDPhoto

I decided to summarize my participation in the @ILFORDPhoto #CameraChallenge on Twitter, and posted on my Long’s Peak Journal.

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1934 Agfa Billy Clack No. 51 Unboxing

I looked back at my archive and found that I’ve only posted a couple of my Pre-1940’s Camera Unboxings. Well, the Agfa 645 (a.k.a. the Billy Clack No. 51) from circa 1934 is making it’s first major appearance for the Frugal Film Project Tri-X 400 year end finale. So you first must experience the ‘Grand Unboxing’.

I’ve removed identification to protect privacy. But I did want you to know that this gem came from Slovakia……

And it was very well packed:

This one happened to come with a nice case:

So let’s take a look at what’s inside………

And taking a look inside. We see that it is a Portrait-style 645 camera design:

And the Final Camera loaded and ready to go! By the way, this IS a 120 film camera and shoots 16 images.

So you will be seeing posting for Frugal Film OCt-Nov_Dec 2020 from this camera. And good ‘extra’ prints will also be posted. If you would like more details about the Billy Clack No. 51, like where the name come from, visit the link at Art Deco Cameras.