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    Amazing Exakta

    Back in the 1960's I wanted a new Exakta VX IIb, but could not scrape together enough money to puchase one. Finally I bought a used 1937 Kine Exakta model 1 in 1969 - a real classic.

    Recently I bought two VERY USED badly corroded UGLY 1950's VX parts cameras for the lenses and was surprised to find that the shutters looked and sounded great and worked at speeds 1/25 to 1/1000, B & T. I do not dare try the slow speeds or delayed timer for fear of freezing up the delicate clockwork mechanism.

    I am shocked at the amazing condition of the shutters in cameras that have obviously been abused and neglected for decades. These things were really precision instruments in their day.
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    GMA,

    I just acquired a semi-functional V for the lens and finder that were on it. I'm going to get a copy of Miles Upton's book and try to fix it up. If you're not familiar, check out http://www.exaktaphile.com/vx2ar/book.html. Upton restored my VX in 2003, this time I want to try it myself. Besides being a fascinating (to me) vintage gadget, the thing takes damned nice pictures.

    Jonathan

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    Quote Originally Posted by gma
    ... I bought a used 1937 Kine Exakta model 1 in 1969 - a real classic.
    is the 1937 Kine still going? I had been salivating over the 1936 for ages in the rare occasions when they turned up; about ten years or so ago the 1936 prices shot up all of a sudden, but my 1938 is still doing very well indeed.

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    I ran one roll of film through it and put it in storage. The waist level reversed image is too quirky for me! The shutter works at 1/25 - 1/1000. The 1/25 and 1/50 are more like 1/100, but the others seem to be close to correct. I do not try to use the slow speeds or time delay features. I noticed that one exactly like mine sold for around $300 on ebay last week. Unbelievable! Mine has a patched shutter strap and could use a new shutter and CLA. I am content to display only.

    The two VX specimens with prism finders can be used and I do not have to be obsessively careful with them. Both are wrecks.
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    A 1936 Kine would be the "round magnifier" model. Prices shot up because of collector interest - only several thousand of these were made. But the functional specification is the same as the other Kine I variations. I would love to have any pre-war Kine, but.... my wife and I bought motorcycles this week! No more toys for me for a long, long time.

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    Mine is the model 1, version 2 w/ rectangular magnifier. The one on ebay was the same type. I thought they are worth only about $100 even with an original Tessar f/3.5 lens.
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    The original Kine Exakta of 1936 was the "round magnifier", the 1937 has changed it to a larger rectangular magnifier of lower positive power, and the 1938 model added a screw hole above the bi-pin synchroniser contact for more positive attachment of the Vacublitz flashgun. Just FYI, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seele
    The original Kine Exakta of 1936 ............. Just FYI, of course.
    Hark!! A fellow Exakta-geek!!! Do I know you, sir or ma'am, from one of the Exakta online forums?

    Jonathan Stark

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    Quote Originally Posted by stark raving
    Hark!! A fellow Exakta-geek!!! Do I know you, sir or ma'am, from one of the Exakta online forums?

    Jonathan Stark
    Jonathan,

    I am far from being an Exakta geek, I used to be active in the Exakta Circle back in the old country but nowadays I am more specialised in KW/Pentacon stuff. Never been to any of the Exakta forums, but I still use my 1938 every now and then to frighten the bystanders and small children... and make the other photographers wonder if it's the latest digital camera!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stark raving
    Hark!! A fellow Exakta-geek!!! Do I know you, sir or ma'am, from one of the Exakta online forums?

    Jonathan Stark
    What Exacta forum? I have a bunch of Exacta stuff from the 50's, that I'd like to find a home for. No cameras though.
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