Quote Originally Posted by Yashinoff View Post
The thing is, the Edixa of 1954 was the first to use the layout that Pentax copied. Here is a 1955 Edixa Reflex
I think the problem is/was during the cold year of the '50s, we rarely saw cameras from behind the iron curtain in the US. I worked in a camera store from 57-62 and I can probably count on the fingers of one hand the times someone brought one in.

However, being located in a university town we DID see lots of Exactas because it was a very popular camera with the research community, starting from before WW II.