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The What's New article lists the price of the original Optima as .95 which is nearly equal to 0 in 2009 dollars.The original Optima has zone focusing consisting of only three zones shown by icons with two people, three people and a mountain.Film advance is with a lever, something fairly advanced for this level of camera at the time.The film advance cocks the shutter and also increases the exposure count. There is also a cold flash shoe and a socket for a flash.A follow up entilted Agfa Optima: Pop Photography 1959 Articles to the original discussion above has links to two November 1959 Popular Photography articles.The first What's New article describes the lens as a 39mm Apotar f3.9.When set to the A setting, you have to slide down the big button on your left hand side before operating the shutter release on top.
When the lever on the left side of the camera body . The shutter speeds then begin to go slower until they get to 1/30 second.This section contains over 70 still cameras from A to Z (Agfa to Zeiss Ikon) using 35mm film but not having single lens reflex viewing and focusing. The third way is rangefinder focusing which provides precise focusing. Often there are two, three or four distance zones often represented by icons to help the user.Behind the focus ring is the shutter speed selection ring.The aperture ring is behind that, closest to the camera. You set the shutter speed and aperture by estimation or a separate light meter.