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    I'm happy to say I provide a happy retirement home to several aged Exakta cameras and lenses. As follows, VX, VX IIa, VX500, VX1000. Lenses are 35mm f2.8 Steinheil Auto-Quinaron, 50mm f3.5 Meyer-Optic Primotar, 58mm f2.0 Zeiss Biotar, 135mm F2.8 Steinheil Quinar, 400mm f5.5 Meyer-Optic Telemegor (Jimmy Stewart/RearWindow style). I have several waist level finders and several prisms.
    These cameras are on light duty now, BUT all go for walks winter or summer, They document picnics or casual snaps of friends and small events. The lenses have a lovely signature (Bokeh), very magical when shot against the light Contre-jour. I like the ability to change film emulsions in mid roll as they can be loaded with film, cassette to cassette. Many of the lenses will focus closer than modern lenses of the same focal length, allowing Macro shots of flowers or small objects. The sad part is finding someone reputable to provide CLA service to these cameras.
    Wonderful, exotic, rugged cameras. One could collect for a lifetime and never collect or see all the attachments that were built for these machines.
    My vote for the sexiest, sleekest is the VXIIa or b. For using, perhaps the VX1000.
    Please take good care of those you have, this way others in the future will be able to enjoy them as we. There will be no more Exaktas when these are gone.
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    Sam H.

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    Samuel - I have a reputable, fairly priced and compitent Exakta repair specialist if your willing to post to the UK.

    How do you find the Auto-Quinaron lenses? I've been tempted to pick up these but i'm not sure they'll be much different to the zeiss lenses i have.

    The sexiest is definately the VX / IIA, (I'm undecided about embossed vs engraved, probably engraved) - I've never liked the black name label on the later IIA and the IIB's. Also the VX / IIA feels nicer. The rewind tab on my early VX makes thing easier as well. The rewind handle on the IIB is a ring pain in the bum.
    I don't like the VX1000 because it feels "Cheaper" with the plastic nametag and the plastic dials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishy View Post
    Samuel - I have a reputable, fairly priced and compitent Exakta repair specialist if your willing to post to the UK.

    Good afternoon Wishy, I'll post my Exakta to the UK for CLA. Let me know about this chap and how to contact him if you please.
    Out of curiousity, my family are from Guernsey and Suffolk now in the U.S., where are you located?

    How do you find the Auto-Quinaron lenses? I've been tempted to pick up these but i'm not sure they'll be much different to the zeiss lenses i have.

    Mine is brilliant, I think it has less flare than the Zeiss. I love mine, colors are very rich and saturated.

    The sexiest is definately the VX / IIA, (I'm undecided about embossed vs engraved, probably engraved) - I've never liked the black name label on the later IIA and the IIB's. Also the VX / IIA feels nicer. The rewind tab on my early VX makes thing easier as well. The rewind handle on the IIB is a ring pain in the bum.
    I don't like the VX1000 because it feels "Cheaper" with the plastic nametag and the plastic dials.
    I agree totally.

    Many thanks,
    Sam H.

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    No, but I happened to run across a Nikkor 135/3.5 lens in EX mount today. The shop wanted around $1000 for it :o
    Those who know, shoot film

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishy View Post
    Pinholes can be spotted with some fabric paint as a tempory measure. A full overhaul here with new shutter curtains undertaken by a specialist is £35+postage. Not bank breaking

    The Biotar is a good lens, the 28mm f3.5 Angenieux alone is probably worth 5 times what you paid. (The 135 is worthless though!)
    £35 for a full overhaul sounds quite reasonable! Who is the repairperson? Unless I find someone here in the States who can overhaul Exaktas, I may send my VX to the UK.

    I'll have to do more testing, but here are shots taken with my VX, shutter holes and all. Film used was Kodak BW400CN C-41. Both images were taken from almost the same spot of the same subject (Angel Hall in Ann Arbor, Michigan) using the 28mm Angenieux and the 135mm f3.5 Rodenstock-Yronar. I used a tripod. Exposure settings with the 28mm were 1/500 @ f11. For the 135, 1/250 @ f11. Straight lab scans. One shot does not make for a full test, of course, but the 135 did better than expected. It came with it's original lens hood and perhaps that helps a bit. The Angenieux was used without a lens hood.

    Anyway, thanks for your thoughts Wishy!

    Marc
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    I forgot to mention another Exakta-mount lens I have. It's a 400mm f4.5 Piesker Tele-Picon (Berlin W. Germany) that I bought at a consignment shop a couple of years ago. Amazingly, I still haven't shot with it yet. The lens is very heavy, has a fixed lens hood with no threads for filters and has perhaps a single coating on the front element only. The aperture is beautifully round with 20 diaphragm leaves!

    I will shoot with it soon.

    Does anyone have experience with this or any other Piesker lenses?

    Marc

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    I've PM'ed you the details of the repair guy

    All of the lenses (Other than the 50mm Biotar) are fairly slow, so you might find its a bit hard work focusing. Find on a sunny day, and you can always try and find faster glass.

    The longer german lenses do tend to have a decent number of diaphragm leaves, optical quality is normally reasonable. Just give it a try

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    Wishy, I have the Exakta VX1000 with the Zeiss Tessar 50mm and Flektogon 20mm. Fabulous lenses however I'm getting some bad shots on each film from this camera. I suspect that second curtain is not closing up fast enough. I will need to send it our for a CLA and your person in the UK seams to have a fair price. Would you be able to PM me his details.
    I really want to keep this as an user.
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    Mihai Costea

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    Here is a page that might be of interest to those needing CLA & curtain replacement. http://www.exaktaphile.com/repair.html. Sadly he is not currently accepting work. I book marked the page for future reference.
    Nice to know there are many others that enjoy the beauty of these classics as I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishy View Post
    I've PM'ed you the details of the repair guy

    All of the lenses (Other than the 50mm Biotar) are fairly slow, so you might find its a bit hard work focusing. Find on a sunny day, and you can always try and find faster glass.

    The longer german lenses do tend to have a decent number of diaphragm leaves, optical quality is normally reasonable. Just give it a try
    Got it! Thank you! You've been very helpful.

    I'll go out tomorrow and shoot with that 400mm Piesker lens, finally.

    Take care,

    Marc

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