The first Agimatic was introduced in 1958 by Agilux; it had a similar "round the lens" film advance system to the Werra. Only this went a step further - the lever not only wound the film on, but fired the shutter as well.

It was a well constructed little camera that had not only an uncoupled rangefinder, but a built in extinction meter and an interchangeable lens. It was very competitively priced compared to similar German models because it did not have the burden of import duty.

Left - Paxette Right - Agima

The later model had a deeper viewfinder housing to accommodate the Bright Line viewfinder and had an uncanny resemblance to the contemporary Paxette. In fact the detachable back was almost identical to the Paxette's.

(see photos) The camera top, base plate and lens assembly were top quality alloy castings and the camera has a beautiful "feel" to it with a much higher standard of construction than the camera it so closely resembled.

Specification Edit

The first model Agimatic had the "four in one" control that "advances the film, advanced the exposure counter, resets the shutter and takes the picture"


Price £24.17.6 (1958)

1960 AGI Agima


  • Revised Agimatic
  • Combined leverwind & shutter release
  • Bright line Finder with rangefinder "spot" and frames for both lenses
  • Coupled rangefinder
  • 9 speed shutter (1 - 1/350)
  • Flash synchronised
  • Lever Rewind
  • Flash synchronised
  • Bayonet Mount
  • Interchangeable 85mm f5.5 Tele Lens

Price £19.7.6 (June 1962) (Telephoto Lens £11.10)


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