Agfa Isola 1


This is a medium format camera that I got from eBay for a few pounds, I was delighted when it arrived because it was in brand new condition. It’s been gathering dust for so long until last week when we took it out around Bristol Harbour.

The focusing isn’t brilliant, especially for more close up photos but a good percentage of the pictures came out well.

Composition wasn’t so easy either as the viewfinder and the lens aren’t lined up well. It meant that some of my shots were over to one side a bit.

It was a bit like using a Holga but it feels nicer in your hands, it’s much better built. It has potential. As with most of my cameras, I find the second film always comes out better when I know what I’m doing with the camera more.

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7 Responses to “Agfa Isola 1”

  1. Zoe says:

    They’re brilliant! I just got an Agfa camera for Christmas and go tthe film developed last week. I love it, I think I like it more than my Holga too.

  2. Sarah says:

    My Sporti is the same sort of thing but made by Ilford:
    My pictures came out somewhat less clear though! Hopefully I’ll get the other couple of rolls I’ve shot in it developed soon.

  3. Sarah says:

    Niall’s got something that looks rather like the Isolette II. Not sure that he’s used it yet. He has heaps of cameras, I lose track of them.
    My flatmate posted a photo of all his cameras on Tumblr, then I outdid him with mine and now various other people are copying! I don’t think any of us have as many as you and Daz, though Niall may come close.

  4. Sarah says:

    Looks like it was the Isolette that Alice borrowed, and she’s finished her 365 with it!
    Sorry to comment spam.

  5. Beth says:

    Ooh I like that. The Isolette is definitely sharper. I can’t decide which camera to use next, I want the weather to get nicer so I can shoot some more film.

  6. Cicely says:

    Hello there,

    I really love these pictures and I’ve just come across an Agfa Isola 1 in my grandma’s attic.. could you possibly tell me where to buy the films for such a camera?
    Many thanks

    • Beth says:

      It takes medium format film which is most often referrred to as 120 film. It’s easily available online but not many shops stock it any more.

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