Agfa Isoflash Rapid


General Photography

Latest thrift shop find: An Agfa Isoflash Rapid, in its original box with the instruction manula and a box of unused film (expiration date: Nov 1968). It uses a film cassette format which I hadn’t seen before. The cassette have no spools and are a tad smaller than the 35mm cassettes everybody is used to today. Pretty much like in medium format photography you need two cassettes - one contains the unused film and the other one takes up the used film. This page has lots of details on the Rapid format. Apparently it’s some sort of competitor for Kodak’s 126 format which also went into oblivion. The funny thing is that Rapid cassettes contain standard 35mm film - which I found hard to believe until I took some 35mm film and found that it does fit into the camera. So there’s some potential of me using the camera. The negatives’ size is 24mm x 24mm which potentially is pretty cool. The only problem is that I don’t want to open the unused film box I have. That means I’ll either have to be creative - maybe fit the 35mm film into the camera without using a cassette - or I have to buy a second Rapid camera and use the empty cassette of that one.
BTW, here is a cool subminiature photography website.