Saturday, 27 January 2007

Kine Exakta Round Magnifier

As an Exakta collector, this is probably the camera you have been waiting for! The item for auction is a superb example of the first version of Ihagee’s Kine Exakta 35mm single lens reflex camera made from 1936. I believe that less than 2000 of this model were made and many of those were converted to the rectangular magnifier viewing type. The Kine Exakta is the world’s first 35mm single lens reflex camera and, as such, has immense historical interest. This one is in excellent condition as can be seen from the photos. It is fully working, having received a full service and a new mirror fitted by Tom Page within the last twelve months (a copy of the receipt will be included). Although the whole range of shutter speeds work of course, I have not had them tested for accuracy recently. The body serial number is 485244.
The lens is a very nice chromed, solid brass 5cm f2.8 Carl Zeiss Tessar (serial number 1937419) which operates, as it should. The optics appear to be clear and clean, the focusing action is smooth and the iris is oil-free.
To those who are unfamiliar with the Exakta range of cameras, I would mention that this one, as all Exaktas, has a built in film cutting knife that facilitates the removal of partly exposed film.

Sold for GBP 888,00

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