Agfa Click-I

The Agfa Click-I was the very first camera I took pictures with. Long time ago, of course, when I was a little child. The Click is a simple bakelite camera perfect suited for a beginner in photography. I remember I took black and white pictures only because color film and color prints were quite expensive in the 1970s.

Technical data: 6 x 6 negatives on 120 rollfilm, two apertues of approx. f/11 and f/16 marked “Sunny” and “Cloudy” on the shutter barrel, a third setting is for the integreated yellow filter (aperture f/11). The lens is fixed-focus with a focal length of 72 mm, the shutter speed for the simple rotary shutter is fixed at 1/30 sec.

The manual recommends a film speed of 17° DIN for sunny or overcast conditions, 21° DIN for bad weather and 23° DIN for low light or indoors.  Following those numbers which correspond to 40 ISO, 100 ISO and 160 ISO, with heavy clouds in the sky  I tried a roll of Ilford DELTA 100 Professional:


5 thoughts on “Agfa Click-I

  1. I just found one for 50 cents in a thrift shop. Works fine. Like your pics. I think I might go with the Ilford also .

  2. Dear Sir, how to advance film? I mean, how much knob is to be rotated in order to advance film by one frame? I have an Agfa Click III, and the red window isn’t very clear

    1. Sameer,
      if you want to go the rotation counting way I would use 1 + 1/3 rotation per frame. This probably will give you only 11 instead of 12 exposures but you are on the safe side to have no overlaps. If you align the start mark of the film with the center of the view finder it’s 6 rotations to the first frame.

      If you are really into this camera another option might be to replace the red window. Red filter foil as used in darkroom safe lights is the perfect material for this and should not be too hard to get.

      Finally, you could also try different film. For example Kodak films with their thin black numbers on yellow background are kind of hard to read through a red window. Most Ilford films are also not great in that behalf. Rollei, ADOX, or old AGFA films (and also Fuji I guess) usually have bold black numbers on white background which is perfect for a red window.

      Hope that helps. Have fun!

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