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By anatolebeams

The controls of yesteryear

Agfa Silette Pronto 35mm

My second camera after a square format Agfa box camera. These are the controls as we used to know them. We used to make up our own film cartridges in the dark from a bulk roll and then develop them ourselves in the school darkroom. No automatics here so light metre readings (but mostly guesswork) sufficed to balance the pictures.

On leaving school I got my first SLR (Canon AE1 program) and haven't looked back since … until now.

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