The Agfa Karat and the Agfa
Rapid systems were attempts to make it easier for people to load
The Minolta Rapid 24 is one of a number of cameras
which were made in the 1960s to take Agfa's short-lived 'Rapid'
film loaing system. A similar camera was made which took Kodak's
The Rapid cassette was a development of Agfa's
pre-war Karat cassette. The improvements over the Karat sytem were
twofold: the cassette contained film with a shaped leader which
allowed 'drop-in' loading just like the 126 system, and there was
provision on the cassette itself to set any metering system which
a Rapid-system camera possessed (if any) to the correct DIN value.
The film used in the Rapid system (and the Karat system) was ordinary
35 mm. stock and the usual negative size was 24 mm. square (giving
16 exposures on a film) or sometimes the standard 24 x 36 mm. (giving
12 exposures). A large number of camera and film manufacturers expressed
interest in the system, but it was overshadowed in the popular market
by its Kodak competitor and soon fell by the wayside.
Note that some manufacturers used the designation
'Rapid' to describe conventional 35 mm. cameras when fitted with
The Minolta Rapid 24 is one
of a number of cameras which were made in the 1960s to take Agfa's
short-lived 'Rapid' film loaing system. The Rapid 24 has a rangefinder
and a built-in meter. It has a Rokkor f/2.8 32 mm. lens and a coupled
rangefinder. The shutter offers speed from 1/30 sec. to 1/250 sec.
plus delayed action, and is flash synchronised.There is a CdS meter
which gives full automatic exposure, and there is manual override.
There is a hot shoe on the top plate, a brightline finder and a
tripod bush. In 1965 the camera cost about £40. The leather
ever-ready case was over £3 extra.