Blurberati with Cameras: The Agfa Synchro Box

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Every Thursday a Blurb employee brings out their favorite camera for a little show-and-tell. The cameras run the gamut from classic to modern. The only rule is that they have to actually be used (no display-only cameras allowed). Here’s this week’s:

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Agfa Synchro Box

Name: Kent
Job: Writer
Camera: Agfa Synchro Box

“This is a wonderful medium-format camera that I got from my mother-in-law. It was actually her camera back in the 60s. There are only two aperture settings, and two shutter settings. It has to be held just the way it is in the picture, down at waist level so you can look down into the viewfinder. It just has a wonderful form factor; it feels like a magic device. When I carry it around people ask me if it actually works. Truth is, there’s not a lot that can go wrong with it — except when the photographer accidentally loads the film wrong (as evidenced in one of the photos below). It’s nice to shoot with something that has so few options. It really forces me to  work with what’s available in terms of light and space and errors you can’t get from any photo filtering app.”

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Cross-processed slide film accounts for the strange colors

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Vintage clothes, vintage camera, modern day (and a mistake loading film)

Next week we’ll be back with another camera and another story of camera love. Follow blurb_books on Instagram for the latest dispatches from our corner of camera-nerd heaven.

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7 Comments

  1. I have 3 cameras like this. Did not know film was still available or what kind to get. Help ! I would love to use them.

    By Sarah Garrett
      September 8, 2011 – 9:44 am   Permalink
  2. Where can you find film for it? I have one I would like to use

    By Fredhandbag
      September 8, 2011 – 9:45 am   Permalink
  3. Hey Fred

    Sorry, I thought you applied to a another camera post. This film can be ordered from Freestyle Photo or SF Photoworks.

    Best

    Kent

    By Kent
      September 9, 2011 – 11:34 am   Permalink
  4. Hey Sarah,

    Try http://www.freestylephoto.biz/

    They carry many types of film, including 120. Sorry my earlier reply was for Polaroid film, a different beast.

    Best

    Kent

    By Kent
      September 9, 2011 – 5:42 pm   Permalink
  5. I like your pictures. :-)

    By Norma Padro
      September 27, 2011 – 1:33 pm   Permalink
  6. Very nice. They look so old. :-)

      November 16, 2011 – 1:59 pm   Permalink
  7. Hey Norma,

    It is, but it still works like a champ!

    best,

    Kent

    By Kent
      November 16, 2011 – 5:29 pm   Permalink

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