“E” is for Exakta

“E” is for Exakta, by Ihagee

The Exacta cameras, and smaller Exa models, are single-lens reflex cameras made in Germany.

We have two Exaktas and an Exa in our collection.

The Exaktas came primarily with a viewfinder hood. You’d have to hold the camera at waist level and look down to aim and focus the camera. You were, however, looking directly through the lens.

Our oldest Exakta is the Exakta Model B Type 5.1, which was manufactured from 1937-1939.

Exacta Model B - Ihagee - 2 Exacta Model B - Ihagee - 5 Exacta Model B - Ihagee - 1This was not a camera for 35mm film. Instead it took larger photos on 127 roll film.

The back of the Exakta Model B opened up.

The back of the Exakta Model B opened up.

The window on the back cover of the Model B allowed the photographer to know which frame he or she was on.

The window on the back cover of the Model B allowed the photographer to know which frame he or she was on.

 

We also have the much newer Exakta VX 500, made around 1969, which was for 35mm roll film.

Exacta VX500 - Ihagee - 2 Exacta VX500 - Ihagee - 1

For fun, I’ll also include the Exa Type 1.2 that we have in our collection.  This little camera, made specifically for 35mm film, was only manufactured for a few months in early 1952.

Exa Type 1_2 - Ihagee - 1 Exa Type 1_2 - Ihagee - 2The earlier Exa cameras were unique because the view finder could be swapped out for a pentaprism, allowing the photographer to hold the camera up to his or her eye for focusing and aiming.

I did once put a roll of film through the Exa. I ought to go find those photos…

 

Reference: McKeown’s Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th edition, ISBN 0-931838-40-1

The other cameras featured in this A to Z Challenge are linked on this page.

1 thought on ““E” is for Exakta

  1. Very cool! And after reading your other piece on Brownies the other day, I happened to stop in an antique store on Friday and it was filled with all sorts of interesting cameras. I thought of you.

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