Post by belgiumreporter on Jun 26, 2016 10:57:14 GMT -5
The fun thing about collecting Agfa cameras, at least the ones from 1969 onwards, is that they all share the orange shutter button,called the "sensor", from the smallest 110 compact to the selectronic 35mm reflex series. It sure adds a color touch to the display.
It was used between 1969 and 1983 officially, but on the later digital models like the Ephoto series(1997onwards) it was re-introduced. I don't know how long Agfa stretched the use of the orange button but as far as i can trace it back the last use was in 1998 as the last Ephoto CL45 produced in 2001 still had the same type of shutterbutton but it wasn't orange anymore (white instead)
Some people claim the color being red instead of orange but i suppose they suffer from selective colorblindness, it wouldn't make much sense of the button being red as Agfa's house style allways was orange (with blue)
The idea behind the shutterbutton wich is a plastic membrame with underneath either a mechanical or (on the more expensive models) an electro magnetic release was some kind of early age anti- shake as it only took a very light pressure, short travel to trip the shutter, reducing or preventing camera shake. Contax (yashica) had something similar with the RTS system but here it was used to reduce shutter lag as it was claimed the Real Time System reacted very fast on pressing the shutter button (wich was black in case you were wondering).