Exakta Model C - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Exakta Model C

Chrome finish

1937

Ihagee Kamerawerk, Steenbergen & Co.

Dresden

Germany

Image of Exakta Model C

Lens:
f2.8, 7.5 cm Zeiss Tessar, iris diaphragm to f22. Interchangeable screw mount lens. Serial no. 2130885 (c. 1937).

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 12s - 1/1000, B, Z. Second blind delayed to vary exposure. Self-capping. Delayed action on speeds 1/1000 - 6s. Flash synchronisation.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body.

Format:
8, 4.5 x 6 cm exposures on 127 roll-film.

Focusing:
Helical to 3 feet.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through taking lens. Waist-level finder with ground glass screen and magnifier. Frame finder in hood, mirror in hood for eye-level use.
Mirror raised by spring.
Film advance indicated by red window. Film advance tensions shutter and lowers mirror. Double exposure prevention. Lever film advance.

Serial Number:
489353 .

With:

  • f5.6, 6" Dallmeyer Dallon telephoto lens, iris diaphragm to f32. Focus to 8' 6". With hood. Serial no. 193790.
  • Ihagee filters for Tessar: light yellow, marked 'h'; medium yellow, marked 'm', in plastic case; skylight, in plastic case.
  • Extension tubes: 15 mm and 23 mm. Focus: 21" - 17", 16 " - 14 ", combined: 13 " - 12 ".
  • Plate back adapter with 3 single metal slides for 4.5 x 6 cm plates, hooded focusing screen for plate back.
  • Spacing ring for lens. Lens cap for Tessar. Ever-ready case. Depth of focus tables for Tessar by Carl Zeiss.

Various improvements were made to the original Exakta, e.g. lever wind and an increased shutter speed range. The last improvement on the VP series was the provision to use plates in dark-slides. This version was sold as the model C which appeared in 1935 in a black and nickel finish and, later, in a chrome finish. The price was 32.0.0. Some late models of the C have the reduced speed range of 1/25 - 1/1000. The lens ring, which carries the serial number, is removed for use with plates. The VP range was not re-introduced following the war.

References & Notes:
BP 410306/1933. BP 414465/1933. BJA 1937, p. 252. BJA 1938, p. 592. BJA 1939, p. 590. Minit&Cine, 1938, p. 51. Ensign Cat. 1936, p. 181. Exakta Cat. List 37, 1937, p. 9. Exakta pamphlet, p. 8. Falchenberg, Exakta Exhibition Cat.

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