I was at Goodwill today and scored this Ansco Regent 35mm camera. It’s a German folding camera dating back to the 1950s. It was made by Agfa Camera Werk in Müchen, Germany. Agfa also sold the camera as the Agfa Super Solinette. I bought it for $9.50 and it’s only worth about $50 and can often be found for free to a few bucks. Regardless of the worth, it’s a cool camera to play around with. The construction is solid and everything appears to be working although the focus ring is very hard to turn.
It’s an all manual camera with shutter speed range from 1 second to 1/300 and an aperture of f/3.5-f/22 (1/4 stop steps). The lens is a Solinar 50mm. I initially thought the camera was broken as the shutter was stuck in the open position but as it turns out, this camera has a shutter cock interlock preventing it from cocking if the film sprocket is not in the correct position. Once I opened the film back and positioned the sprocket, I was able to test the shutter release.
I have some 10 year old film I can pair with this and it’ll be interesting to see the results. Ideally, I would pair it with some B&W film but developing B&W film is expensive so I’ll just cheat and shoot it in color and digitally convert it to B&W.