Exakta Varex


Exakta Varex is a one-lens mirror camera, made by German company Ihagee.

Delayed action. Focal-plane speeded: 1/1000, 1/500, 1/250, 1/150, 1/100, 1/50, 1/25 (1/5, ½, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 additionally) and bulb. Lens: Carl Zeiss Biotar 58mm f/2-f/16; two replaceable view-finders, “eye level” and “waist level”.

It was my friend’s gift for my birthday. He is a photographer. “Exakta” is a quality retro-camera with the finest Carl Zeiss optics. For the first time, it was unusual to have the film advance lever on the left (other cameras have it on the right), but you can quickly get used to it. The replaceable view-finders are convenient, the “waist level” especially. The Lens is out of the question (I haven’t ever met better ones). That is why, I think, it became the ancestor for the Helios 44, well-known among the amateurs.

Here are the photos made with the Exakta Varex camera.

written by fish300 on 2011-06-14 #gear #35mm #review #russia #lomography #carl-zeiss #german #film-camera #exakta #user-review


  1. franty
    franty ·

    Great review! I'd love to try this camera...

  2. megalithicmatt
    megalithicmatt ·

    You call it a "one lens" camera, but it's a SLR and can use interchangeable lenses. They often are very good ones though!

  3. jonalon
    jonalon ·

    daaaaaaaamn it's like 500 dollars on ebay

  4. dogma
    dogma ·

    What a nice cam!

  5. ibkc
    ibkc ·

    That was a very, very fine gift your friend gave you. Enjoy it. :)

  6. alfonso_deasis
    alfonso_deasis ·

    nice camera. i love it. =)

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