Optima Parat is a half frame 35mm film viewfinder camera made by Agfa and introduced in 1963.

From the 1950's to the 1970's, Agfa made a series of cameras called the Optima. One camera in this series was a half-frame model. In many ways it was similar to the other half-frame cameras of the day. The built-in Selenium cell lightmeter controls the shutter speed and the aperture settings in programmed automatic exposure control. The lens is Agfa Color-Solinar 30mm f/2.8 four elements in three groups, in Compur-B 1/30-1/500 shutter. A telephoto Agfa Color-Telepar 55mm f/2.8 lens fits on the standard lens, equivalent to a 85mm full-frame lens. Focusing is manual. There were variations in the styling of the camera with different covering available. Some have a film memory dial on top. Same body syling as Parat and Paramat. It has close-focusing to three feet and built-in hot shoe. [1]

Other Parat series of half-frame cameras are Agfa Parat & Parat-I and Agfa Paramat.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. According to McKeown's p.31


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