Today I took out one of my Karat cameras for a bit of a workout. Agfa were prolific makers of cameras, mostly cheap and cheerful, but they did make some quite memorable and high performing hardware, with the Karat high of my list. Most here will be familiar with the Karat series, which was branded as Ansco in the home of the free. They started out with Agfas' Karat cassettes, which wound the film from the full cassette to an identical empty one. This saved on rewinding, but the idea was not entirely successful so Agfa moved on to normal film cassettes with the introduction of the 36. The one I have here is an early example, from around 1950, with the staggered RF windows and hinged winder tab. The RF deserves a mention here as it used an unusual system where the entire image is split, takes some getting used to, but effective when you do. Like most Agfa cameras the Karat is well constructed, but the chrome they used was a bit dull and was prone to corrosion, so you will often see these older cameras with pitted or discloured casings. This doesn't effect the performance of course, and all Karat's were fitted with quality optics from Rodenstock, Schneider and their own Solinar. My camera has an F2 Heliogon, and I'm sure all the different optics will perform much the same. The Karat is a delight to use, with it's folding lazy tong focusing unit to the delightful snick of the Compur shutter. The camera is quick to load and quite pocket-able when folded. I took a few shots on Frog's Hollow creek a few Kilometers from home.