AGFA Optima I


The world's first 35mm camera with automatic exposure control.

Manufacturer: AGFA, München

Production period: 1959 ... 1963

Lens: Agfa Color-Apotar S 1:3,9 / 39mm

Shutter: Compur 1/30 ... 1/250 sec and B

This camera was designed for two handed operation: Spotting the image to be taken, then with the left hand pushing down the exposure lever and finally depress the release with the right hand's index. The later types (Optima-2 and Optima-3) had a single lever for actuating the exposure control mechanism and the release.