I'll forward you the detail. Do you want to upload / link some sample photos? I can nomally spot the faults from negatives.
Originally Posted by naeroscatu
Have you tried holding up to the light and test firing, you can normally see whats happening there.
Also, after you have your Exakta CLA'ed the chances are the long speeds will be back working, its very rare to find them in a working state - they cease easily :(
Didn't Exakta make a version of that East German 6x6 SLR (the name escapes me right now), or did they just import the East German camera and spruce it up a little?
Seeing this thread reminded me of my VX IIb that I picked up for about £25 fifteen years ago. I bought it out of curiosity and also because when I first got into photography when I was a kid in the early 70s it was the Exakta that I really desired (most of my mates were into Zeniths). Many years ago I put a couple of films through it and it worked fine. Well, I've just found it again - it's in really lovely condition with a 2.8 Tessar, so I've put some Fomapan in it and give it another go.
Heh, heh, I tried to collect an Exacta back circa 1958. I would drool over them in the camera stores in center city Philadelphia. Unfortunately I was in high school and barely had an Argus C3 budget. They were definitely awesome goodies at that time.
I bought a couple of Exaktas from the estate of the late Jim Upton who was a competent repairman and replaced the shutter curtains.
A common fault with Exaktas is shutter curtain pinholes. I dealt with this by diluting 'Plasti-dip' as sold for dipping tool handles and carefully painting the shutter curtains. This salvaged a beautiful 'embossed' nameplate VXII acquired at a jumble sale.
They made a Prewar and Post war 6x6 camera. They're both rare. I believe it was only about 2000 post war 6x6's that were produced, as they had a design flaw in them and were quickly discontinued. They fetch very decent cash on ebay.
Originally Posted by Chazzy
The concept was refined and used for later 6x6 cameras (Kowa i think, but i could be wrong)
I hadn't realised Jim Upton had died.
Originally Posted by Mark Layne
Shutter pinholes are indeed common, Fabric paint will definately sort the problem in the short term, but you might find the shutter speeds go wonky afterwards. I will generally spot them to check for other faults, and if theres not a lot else wrong send them for service. But I do generally build the cost of service into the amount I'm willing to pay.
Here's a funny thing on eBay regarding the above mentioned lens. There's a guy selling the front part of this lens and claiming it'll work for 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10 LF cameras. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA:IT&ih=025
Originally Posted by FilmSprocket
This lens has at least 4 or 5 elements in it and he's working with 2 of them with what he's selling there. I e-mailed him and told him I have the same lens with the difference being I have the entire lens assembly and it was made for 35mm cameras. He said he has bench tested it and came up with 339mm of coverage. No other info. Am I missing something here?
I bought a new Exacta 500 at K-Mart back in the late '60's early '70's, can't recall because of my age but it was sweet. Never trade a camera off to get another, in this case a Mamiya 645, can't pronounce Mamiya this evening but the Exacta was well... Exactly perfect. Got some great negatives from it and wish I still had it.
Marc, the Canadian who sells on eBay as wideangleman is, to be polite, a wild-eyed raver. He doesn't understand much about the lenses he offers or he lies shamelessly. I fear both may be true.
Do you know Bob Monaghan's MF site? He's posted a couple of articles there about hacking inexpensive 400 mm and longer "telephoto" lenses sold for 35 mm cameras. Many of them have cemented doublet achromats at the front that will form an image. And in fact some so-called tele lenses, e.g., the Century 500/5.6 Tele Athenar II I sold a couple of years ago, are simply a cemented achromat at the front of a long tube. Long focus, not telephoto at all.