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Camera Cameos: Exakta VX on Rear Window

Every Monday, we're going to present analogue eye candies to you! You may have already seen them in cinematic films, old school music videos, vintage advertisements, or other forms of visual media. Our first full feature for this series is an Exakta VX camera seen in Rear Window!

Camera: Exakta VX
Cameo-ed on: Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window

The lead character on this film, James Stewart, is a magazine photographer, confined to his wheelchair, who uses his camera and its long wide-angle/telephoto lens to spy on his neighbors through his apartment window.

Notice that on the film, the camera’s brand name was deliberately covered in black tape but by the looks of it, it is undeniably an Exakta VX. Here’s an ad from 1954 which commercializes the use of the mentioned camera in Rear Window.

Photo via Hoju Candy

Exakta cameras were made in Dresden, Germany by a company named Ihagee Kamerawerk. Here’s a closer, more detailed look at our camera on spotlight:

Camera Cameos is one of Lomography’s editorial series which features different film cameras that appeared in different forms of visual media. Stay tuned for the next episode!

written by basterda

3 comments

  1. andyresag

    andyresag

    Nice article. :-)
    Very sad that with German reunification came the demise and liquidation of most of Dresden's camera producing economy in the 1990s. :
    I have a Praktica bx 20 SLR, one of the last camera series produced by Pentacon Dresden. :-(

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  2. clownshoes

    clownshoes

    Ahhh love all those dials

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  3. jaminsemirang

    jaminsemirang

    Rear WIndow is a nice movie, funny and dark at the same time. The camera is adorable too.

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