Ihagee – Exakta Varex IIb

Ihagee - Exakta Varex IIb
Ihagee – Exakta Varex IIb

Manufacturer: Ihagee Kamerawerk Steenbergen & Co, Dresden, Germany
Model: Exakta Varex IIb
Format: 35mm SLR camera
Made: 1963-1967
Lens: Jena 58mm f/2
Shutter: 1/30 – 1/500 & Bulb
User Manual: PDF download

The original Kine Exakta was made by Ihagee in Dresden from 1936-1949, and was the first ever 35mm SLR. My Varex IIb is a later sibling from the mid-Sixties, but retains much of the original shape. Mine came with a Pentaprism and Waist-Level Finder, which are easily interchangeable. The other oddity with the Exaktas is that both the wind-on lever and shutter release are on the left side of the camera. I thought this would be a big problem, but actually it seems quite natural and I don’t find myself looking for the shutter on the right side of the camera.

It’s quite a sturdily built, but with a bright f/2 lens it’s very easy to use. The lenses are interchangeable but I only have the 58mm which came with the camera at present. See my photos made with the Exakta IIb.

365 Photos from Film in 2015