Agilux Agiflex 1, 120 roll film SLR, results gallery
Doug the Dog, was the very first image from the first test roll through the Agiflex. Like the Agiflex, Doug is well past his best years with wobbly back legs but he still likes to chase various object around the back garden. He'd urging me to get on with the photo here, so he can get back to his busy schedule.
When the Agiflex arrived it was seized solid, the hatch was corroded closed and the shutter curtains stiff as card. Now, within the limits of its lens, it's back in business. Full frame.
This magnificent thatched barn can be found in Hensting lane, Hampshire I pass it many times on my regular cycling rides, but the sun only shines on this side in the morning. Full frame.
The first roll through the Agiflex returned 12 out of 12 usable negatives, not all are reproduced here though. This image was one of two exposed of Winchester Cathedral, this was the better of the two as the sun was slightly brighter on the grass in the foreground. The Agilux anastigmat lens is not quite as bright as when it was new but still produces usable negatives. Full frame.
Bursledon windmill, another of my favourite subjects. I was a little too keen here, arriving early in the morning before the sun had moved around to put some shape onto the tower's structure. As the lens is coated, the Agiflex may have a colour film put through it at some point, this being a good subject. Full frame.
Bursledon windmill, again. Restored some years back, it can still be seen turning if there's a decent breeze blowing on Sundays. This image is slightly cropped to improve the composition.
The only purpose of this image was to try the 500th sec. shutter speed, as this would need a wider aperture to preserve the short depth of field. The image is slightly cropped, mainly to remove a slight bit of image clipping on the left and a some unpleasant development artefacts along the top edge. For some reason my Paterson spirals tend to promote greater development where the film sits in the spiral, even though I use gentle continuous agitation. Given that the old Agiflex was little more than an ornament when it arrived, this is a good enough outcome.
Hampshire in the UK is a county whose geology is composed of a considerable amount of chalk. Apart from the rather hard water this produces, there's a lot of flint stone associated with it, leading to it's use for construction in the past. Scattered all around Hampshire are buildings with brick and flint in fill as demonstrated by this large handsome home near Farley Mount. The Agiflex is a lump of a thing to carry around in a bicycle pannier for 30 odd miles looking for a suitable subject to finish the last frame of the roll. The long suffering Raleigh cycle is resting against the wall whilst I compose the image doing my best to hide the car in the driveway. All told it was a delight to resurrect this old British Agiflex and return it to working order. Full frame.