Took my Karat 1V to an old machinery rally last weekend as I have just had this camera serviced. The Karat I used here is the last hurrah for the venerable series of Karat models that started just before WW11 and ended with my camera in 1957. Originally the Karat took 35mm film in "Karat" cassettes which wound the film from one cassette to another to get around the hassle of rewinding. This led to the mildly successful Rapid system from the sixties. The Karat 36 introduced in 1948 did away with this system and reverted to normal 35mm film. One unusual feature of the later Karat's was the unusual rangefinder system where the whole viewfinder image divided for focussing. All Karat's featured this until the model 1V which uses a conventional rangefinder spot. I mst admit that I prefer the spot to the other, which while effective takes some getting used to. These cameras are quite compact too, with a fold away front operated by a lazy tong system. The winder is a bit odd too, being on the end of the camera and operating backwards. Ido like the Karat's though, they seem better built than a lot of Agfa cameras, though the early models do suffer from Agfa "gummitis" where the lubricant hardens to a point where nothing operates. With a bit of TLC, they are very nice to use and fortunately Agfa blessed them with a fine range of optics. My model 1V comes with an F2 Agfa Solagon, but you could get them with a Xenon or Heiogon in F2, or a Xenar in 2.8. I have Karat's with the Xenar, Heliogon and Solagon...noreal difference in IQ between these. These shots were taken at the annual Old Machinery Rally at Bega, which features old tractors and stationary engines.