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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnywalker
    What Exacta forum?
    There are two. The newer one unfortunately seems to be having server issues recently, and response time is crawling. It is at www1.exaktalist.org.

    The older one, where most of the community is posting recently, is on Topica. An introduction page with sign-up instructions is at http://members.aol.com/basmpu/index.html

    If you'd like, PM me or post a list of the items you'd like to unload, and I'll cross-post it to the Topica list for you.

    Jonathan

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    My daughter and I recently began using an Exakta Exa (she bought hers for $25, and mine was about the same). My first SLR was an Exa 1a. Nearly foolproof camera. Would love some extras for ours...what do you have?
    Mark O'Brien -
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    I have many exaktas including a few of Jim Upton's.
    I recently found in a junk pile a nice embossed IIa. The shutter functioned well but was deteriorating into pinholes. I mixed some PLASTI-DIP with turpentine and painted the curtains. It is now light tight and functional.

    Anyone want to comment on the Angenieux lenses-mine seem to be soft in the corners

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    and Barbados

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Layne
    Anyone want to comment on the Angenieux lenses-Mark
    Yeah- folks with more funds to spend than me keep the prices of Angenieux's beyond my reach!

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    Is it wroth it? to buy an Exa 1a with Carl Zeiss lens? Sort of 47euro or 62 dollars.I really love the way it looks and does photos.Should I go for it? Should I ask for money around to get it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kinetic View Post
    Is it wroth it? to buy an Exa 1a with Carl Zeiss lens? Sort of 47euro or 62 dollars.I really love the way it looks and does photos.Should I go for it? Should I ask for money around to get it?
    Well, which Carl Zeiss (Jena) lens?

    *Some* of those lenses alone can be worth 10 times that.
    If the lens is of a more normal variety (Tessar or "T"), I'd say you might be able to find that kit for less.
    M6, SL, SL2, R5, P6x7, SL3003, SL35-E, F, F2, FM, FE-2, Varex IIa

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    Well they come with the camera.I will see them when I buy it.And on a site a guy was selling some carl zeiss jena.They have the price with which I am buying the camera now.)You are right, they are more expensive.

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    Two Exaktas fell into my lap (Varex VX and VX 1000), together with an extra WL finder and couple of lenses. I shoot Nikon and enjoy it a lot but these two look extremely nice and seem to work great.
    My only problem is I have to either stand upside down or cross my arms so I can advance the film and press the shutter with my right hand. Or shoot autoportraits all day long.
    By the way, anyone knows if these lenses are any good?
    Meyer-Optik Gorlitz 35mm f/4.5 Primagon, 50mm f/2.8 Domiplan, 100mm f/2.8 Trioplan and Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm f/4 Sonnar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldBodyOldSoul View Post
    By the way, anyone knows if these lenses are any good?
    Meyer-Optik Gorlitz 35mm f/4.5 Primagon, 50mm f/2.8 Domiplan, 100mm f/2.8 Trioplan and Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm f/4 Sonnar?
    The 135 Sonnar is spectacular! Might need a good lens shade to give its best.
    Trioplan, as the name says, is three-element. Rather soft, but a good flattering portrait or pictoral lens.
    Primagon is o.k. Just used one briefly, without noticing anything especially good or bad about it apart from its extreme slowness.
    Domiplan was a cheap, entry level lens. Still better than many zooms, though...
    M6, SL, SL2, R5, P6x7, SL3003, SL35-E, F, F2, FM, FE-2, Varex IIa

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    Wel I got the camera.It's a beauty.And has the Carl Zeiss Jena lens.Damn.I put a film in it and I am off to test it.I will post pictures of it tonight so you guys can tel me what you think about it.It's like morning Christmas for me, right now!

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