Agfa Ambi Silette

35mm rangefinder system • Discontinued

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Overview

A small 35mm rangefinder system introduced by Agfa Kamerawerk AG (Munich, West Germany) at Photokina 1956 and produced from 1957 to 1961.

The Agfa Ambi Silette, the only camera in the system, was a fully mechanical rangefinder with a proprietary bayonet mount, Synchro-Compur behind-lens shutter with speeds ranging from 1 to 1/500th of a second, and a combined rangefinder-viewfinder with selectable 35, 50 or 90mm bright-line frames and automatic parallax correction.

The range of optics was rather modest and - in addition to the 50/2.8 standard lens - consisted of 35, 90 and 130mm accessory lenses, all with a small maximum aperture of F/4. Faster models would most likely cause vignetting as the behind-lens leaf shutter had an opening of only 25mm.

Camera list

35mm film rangefinder cameras with the Agfa Ambi Silette mount (2):

Agfa Ambi Silette mount lens list

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Completeness of lens lineup
    Enthusiast photography
    75%

    No dedicated lenses for distant subjects photography, wild nature photography.

    Professional photography
    60%

    No dedicated lenses for professional wild nature photography, architectural photography with perspective correction, professional macrophotography.

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