Agfa
Shur Shot
Introduced 1932




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The Agfa Shur Shot was a brand of basic box cameras manufactured in Binghamton, New York by Ansco, which went though several minor variations. For a period of approximately 15 years, cameras originating with Ansco in the USA and some from Agfa in Germany were branded as Agfa Ansco.  

The series began in about 1932, and Shur Shot cameras originally carried the name Agfa-Ansco in use at that time. Post-1943 models were branded as Ansco alone. The cameras were made in sizes for 120 and 116 film; but because of the Agfa connection these were specified using the German designations B2 and D6 respectively.

A Shur Shot is a simple cardboard box covered with leatherette. A structural panel of wood behind the metal faceplate holds the shutter mechanism, and a fixed aperture of approximately f/13. The image is formed by a single backwards-facing meniscus lens behind this.

Early models had two pebbled-glass viewfinders, and later models two brilliant viewfinders, which allowed either horizontal or vertical composition. Most models permitted long (bulb) exposures by pulling a small tab outwards. The more advanced models also included a slider which positioned either a smaller aperture (approximately f/22) or a yellow filter in front of the main lens. (The filter was intended for black & white photography, e.g. to deepen the tone of blue skies.)