The Agfa Click II is a formidable camera in and of itself; a 'toy' camera by design, it is nonetheless built like a tank and most examples you'll find will still readily produce dreamy 6x6cm negatives.
This one, however, is different. Some previous owner apparently wanted to save on film - and pretty much rebuilt it for 6x4.5 use. The modifications are:
- Film gate modified to 6x4.5 format (portrait) - Viewfinder modified to match - New frame counter window in back to read correct frame numbers - Green finish added, made out of coarse, grippy fabric - Addition of bulb shutter mode (!)
That's right: the person who got into this camera was actually proficient enough to add a working bulb mode to the shutter, which is normally fixed at about 1/30s. You can see it in the pictures: it's the extra lever above the rounded shutter release. That lever isn't there on a normal Click II.
This project is truly a marvel of home camera modification. The only fault I can find with it is that its green skin, though it's a nice, grippy material to hold, has been somewhat crudely applied. It doesn't exactly look smooth. There is also glue residue on the Click II brand name around the lens - this used to be glued over with another piece of that green stuff. It's all part of the modification, though, so I've left it on.
This camera would be a great gift to a Lomographer with a heart for tinkering and bringing old cameras back to life in a creative way - it displays a skill level far above everyday little modifications. And it's ready to go - just pop in some 120 roll film (still widely available) and start shooting!
I have not film tested this camera myself, but if you have serious problems with it I will refund your purchase 100%. PLEASE NOTE: In this case I will not refund for small light leaks, as those are to be expected with the home-made window in the back.