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May 2010. Stephanie died peacefully on 19th April after a short stay in hospital. She had been suffering from acute cervical cancer. Fred will continue to run the business to the best of his ability. The web site is slowly getting under control again as he tries to take over some of Stephanie's responsibilities, and learns some of the mysteries of Dreamweaver.

Pieces An on-line look at cameras etc. by Stephanie Marriott

 

 

May 2005 -

The Agfa Karat and the Agfa Rapid systems were attempts to make it easier for people to load their cameras.

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 126 cartridge.

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 a lever-wind.

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.

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