So, I have an analogue camera. Wonderfull, I thought I would write a bit about its history as it is a few years older than myself, however as I cracked open the internet, ready to inform myself about this wonderful piece of technology I faltered, unknown as it was to me then, the name that would elude me for at least an hour.
This certain camera is coated in a protective layer of names, words and numbers, in a bid to keep away the illiterate, and to prevent me from finding out its name. However, in 1957-58, when this camera was made, Agfa obviously didn’t realise that by now Google’s image search would render their protective illiteracy field useless!
The Agfa Super Silette-L
On a serious note, the Super Silette-L (Thank you Google) was made by German camera makers Agfa, as part of the Silette series. The Super Silette-L was a 35mm fixed lens camera, with a viewfinder, range-finder and a selenium meter.
Although I was daunted by this camera when I set eyes on it, I have grown to admire how much control it allows you when taking photos. I suppose digital point and click cameras have made photography lazy, it was incredible to be able to manually shoot a photo, setting F-number and shutter speed and experimenting with different settings to create entirely new results from the same shot.
Curious as I was to find out how much the Super Silette was worth, I scouted the internet attempting to find one for sale, however it was some time before I found even one for sale.
I visited a website called The Camera house, which seems to sell vintage cameras in various conditions, and to my joy I found a single half working Silette-L with this description:
I also found two old Ebay pages, selling the Super Silette at 20 pounds, however it was not bought. I personally think that 20 pounds for this camera is criminal and would expect 75 plus at the very least, simply because of its versatility.