Ihagee Exakta Exa Version 4

This post is about version 4 of the Exakta Exa 35mm camera which was made by the Ihagee company in Dresden (which at the time was in East Germany) sometime between 1956 and 1959. My Exakta Exa Version 4 camera This camera was an eBay purchase from an auction which I made because I don’t have a Version 4 Exa and I think the older Exa cameras are much more attractive and interesting than the newer models. Of course, when […]

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Ihagee Exakta Exa IIa 35mm slr camera

The Ihagee Exakta Exa IIa was a development of the Exa II camera and produced by Ihagee in the early 1960s. Most of the changes between the models were cosmetic, style changes although there were also upgrades to the viewfinder and film advance that made the camera a bit nicer to use. Ihagee Exakta Exa IIa Images My Exakta Exa IIa Camera I bought this camera from eBay at the same time as I bought my Exa 500. The same […]

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Exakta Varex IIb shutter repair and cleanup

Yesterday I published a very brief post showing how I got the shutter out of my Exakta Varex IIb camera ready for the repairs I needed to do. ¬†Today, I’m going to continue that theme by showing the Exakta Varex IIb shutter repair and cleanup process that I used to get the camera back to working order. As I said yesterday, once the shutter was out of the camera case I found that it would work, but decided that it […]

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Exakta Varex IIb strip down

A couple of days ago I bought an Exakta Varex IIb body to go with my Exakta Varex IIa which I bought a few weeks ago. This camera was bought from eBay for only ¬£10 because it needed a repair, so my first job when I received it was to get the shutter unit out in order to see what was wrong with it. Exakta Varex IIb strip down images The pictures above show the steps necessary to get the […]

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Exakta Varex IIa 35mm slr camera

I have several Exakta Exa cameras in my collection but this Exakta Varex IIa is the first of the ‘top flight’ Exakta models I’ve acquired. The model was produced in a variety of different styles and variations over quite a long time period and the example I own is one of the later variants. Exakta Varex IIa Images My Exakta Varex IIa Camera I bought this camera simply because I’d bought several Exa models and had been impressed with the […]

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Ihagee Exa 500 slow speed repair

A couple of weeks ago I bought an Ihagee Exa 500 35mm slr which was in pretty good condition, but had an issue with the slow shutter speeds which were taking too long to run. Today I dismantled the camera to fix this issue, and I took a few photos which I hope will help anyone who needs to do the same thing. A sluggish slow speed escapement is a common problem with a lot of old cameras and is […]

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Exakta Exa 500 35mm camera

The Exa line of cameras was an entry level 35mm camera made by Ihagee in Dresden, which was started as a model for people who didn’t want to go the the expense of the company’s Exakta range. Over the years, Ihagee made several models culminating in the Exakta Exa 500 which was the last model made. Exakta Exa 500 Images My Exakta Exa 500 Camera I bought my copy of the Exa 500 from ebay as a non working unit […]

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Exakta Exa II shutter repair

Over the last couple of days I’ve been stripping down and repairing my Exakta Exa II 35mm slr which had a fault with the shutter first curtain sticking in the frame and this post covers the process I used during my Exakta Exa II shutter repair. I’m happy to say I managed to get that fault fixed, and also cleaned up the focus screen, replaced the light seals and generally cleaned up and re-lubricated the mechanism. The following describes how […]

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Exakta Exa II 35mm slr camera

The Exakta Exa II was a camera made by the East German Ihagee camera company in the early part of the 1960s. It is a simple camera, with a non-return mirror and limited range of shutter speeds, and has the characteristic rounded body shape of the Exa series. Exakta Exa II Images My Exakta Exa II Camera My camera is in quite good cosmetic condition considering it’s age, but has a mechanical problem with the shutter. Unfortunately, the first curtain […]

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Ihagee Exakta EXA 1 35mm slr

The Exakta EXA 1 35mm slr camera was produced by Ihagee of Dresden in East Germany in about 1962. The Exa range was a simplified and cheaper set of models than the company’s main range which was, of course, the famous full Exakta models. Exakta EXA 1 Images My Exakta EXA 1 Camera I found this camera using the ebay ‘nobids’ tool with a search for ‘old camera’. I suspect that it hadn’t been picked up because it was described […]

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