Optima Ia

Optima Ia

Optima Ia is a 35mm film viewfinder camera made by Agfa and introduced in 1962. It is the successor of Optima I.

The camera has an optical bright frame finder with parallax marks and red or green signals for correct exposure in the viewfinder.The distance setting ring with symbols around the front lens element, and an aperture setting ring with separate aperture setting scales for B-mode or flash synchronized speed 1/30 seconds. The automatic exposure mode (A-mode, without flash) has to be switched on with the same ring. Film speed setting is possible only up to 200 ASA.


The lens is Agfa Color-Agnar 45mm f/2.8 and the shutter is Optimat 103 A or special Agfa shutter. The shutter release is on the right of front plate. The camera's bottom & back part can be removed very easily for loading the film. Film advance has to be done with a tiny advance lever on the top plate. The exposure counter is readable from the side. The body is plastic.

Its advantage over the Optima I of 1961 is its hot shoe and maybe a different shutter. It is sold as Agfa Agfamatic Ia in Canada. [1]

Also see the list of Agfa Optima cameras.

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  1. i McKeown's p.28