The Ansco Speedex 4.5 “Special” is basically an Agfa Isolette (German camera) but with an Ansco trademark for the North American market.
Like its Agfa twin, the Speedex 4.5 “Special” was aimed to the advanced amateur. It allowed for variable focus and an extended range of exposure settings. In 1955 its advertised price was $47.50 with a leather case for $5 more.
The Ansco Speedex is considered a medium format pocket folder Ansco, (originally Anthony & Scovill) merged with Argus in the early 1938.
A manual for the Ansco 4.5 Speedex.
The Shutter speed settings on the Ansco – B, 1sec, 1/2, 1/5th, 1/10th, 1/25th, 1/50th, 1/100th, 1/300th
The aperture settings = f/4.5, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22, f/32
I have always enjoyed shooting with the medium format folding cameras. They are very portable when folded and work great. I’m a big fan of the medium format & like the finished negative in the square format. It’s not a complicated camera, which also makes it fun to use.
A cool feature on this Ansco Speedex is that it has a PC sync, so I was able to shoot in the studio with studio lights.
I’ve been asked by many how I know the correct exposure since there is no meter in many of the cameras I use. Well, I have two ways of figuring out my correct exposure …
1) use my DSLR camera, I take a similar picture and cross reference to the Ansco the shutter speed setting & aperture.
2) I bought. Light eter pro APP on my iPhone. It works great. I can dial the ISO setting & shutter speed setting and it gives me the correct aperture. Easy!
I hope to process the film ASAP and show some examples …
Next up is the Nikon FE 35mm camera.