Exakta Collection
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Exakta collecting is growing all over the world.

The Frizziero Collection
if you click on the underlined items, you can look at the pictures.

Macro and Micro

  • Ihagee copy stand with macro flashes
    Baseboard and column with bellows and focusing rack. In the same pictures you can look at the two Ihagee macro flashes (RB1 made in 1960 and RB2 made in 1965 : More details on Aguila and Rouah's book on Exakta Cameras, page 172.
  • Ihagee Universal Unit
    All the item you see were sold separately... Exakta Cameras, page 173
  • Copying device
    The exposure frame held either film strips or single mounted slides... Exakta Cameras, page 174
  • Einstellschlitten
    Focusing Rack in original box
  • Schwenkwinkelaufsatz
    In original box
  • Stativplatte
    In original box
  • Balgenaufsatz
    In original box
  • Novoflex Bellows
    In original box, with double bellows and lens.
  • Handmade bellow
    I bought it by Jessop, in London. Very solid and interesting item.
  • Guide
    New, with torn box, made by Piesker&Co., Berlin
  • Microscope attachment
    Type 2 equipped with a bayonet permitting rapid dismantling (Aguila and Rouah page 167)
  • Ihagee ringflash
    Ring flash RB1 model around 1950. It was equipped with a pilot lamp for focusing and framing. (Aguila and Rouah, page 172)
  • Ihagee ringflash
    RB2 model, around 1965. It also allowed the taking of stereoscopic pictures at short distances. (Aguila and Rouah, page 172)
  • Magnifying Unit (1958)
    You can find it at page 159 on the Aguila and Rouah book. You can use it assembled or you can remove the detachable magnifier and you can use a lens for focusing.
  • Ext. Tubes, made in Japan
    Here you can find two extension tubes sets. It is interesting the trasmission in the Lentar.
  • Short coupling rods
    In original box, new, for extension ranging from 5 to 60mm. When the extension tings or macro bellows were inserted between the lens and the camera body, the automatic preselection of the aperture was disconnected. This could be overcome by the trasmission release device.
  • Long coupling rods
    In original box, new, for extension ranging from 35 to 125mm.
  • Close-up lenses
    In original boxes


  • Ihagee cell prism (3)
    Made in 1958, it was the only one manufactured by Ihagee. You can find a detailed description on the A&R book, page 157.
  • Cut Ihagee cell prism
    I found it in London, at Photographica. I looked at if for some minutes then I understood it was a half handcut Ihagee cell prism.
  • Travemat cell prism (2)
    Made in 1966, it was the first with reading from the rear of the lens. Manufactured by Scacht in Ulm for Ihagee.
  • Examat cell prism (2)
    Made in 1967, it had a CdS built-in cell, maufactured by Harwix in Berlin
  • Ihagee Exposure meter
    Around 1958. Intended essentially fo use im macro and microphotography. A&R page 168.
  • Ihagee Exposure meter
    The same as above, but with "Germany" added on the front plate. With this meter you can see a micro-ampmeter in an hand-made wood box.


  • Hood extension (for the Kine Exakta)
    Marked in gold: "Genuine Leather - Made in West Germany". Unusual. I found it at Classic Collection. I saw it for the first time during 1994 but I did not buy it, in 1996 I had it from Dave Woodford
  • Hood extension (for the Kine Exakta)
    Marked: "Ihagee". Like the one for VP cameras, but slightly smaller. I found it at ebay auction during May 1998 You can look here at the differences between it and the VP hood.
  • Hood extension (for VP cameras)
    You can find it at page 39, Aguila and Rouah
  • Cine adapter
    unusual adapter to fit Exakta mount lenses on movie cameras
  • Novoflex viewfinder
    you can use it on the bottom of a Varex.
  • Zeiss prism
    2 prisms for the Kine Exakta. Each of them is numbered. On the prism on the right you can read "GERMANY". It was sold in the United States.
  • Sperling prisms
    Rare to find Made in Germany prism. The chrome is often bad, like in this one, so the second one is in polished brass.
  • Striped pentaprism
    1961 new graphics for the camera labels and for the Prism and Wlf, but only few were made! You can see it on a camera, clicking here
  • Screens
    Some screens in red or yellow boxes
  • Rubber eye-cup
    You can insert dioptric lenses. You can rotate it to have it always in the right position.
  • Ihagee flash
    Large flashgun, around 1953. A capacitor gun with a universal socket for bulbs and an ajustable reflector. The body could be used as a handle and included a circuit controller together with a socket to plug in a second lamp. (Aguila and Rouah, page 172)
  • Exakta flash
    Sold by Exakta Camera Company, New York, mint in its case.
  • Exakta flash
    Another flash, not marked Ihagee.
  • Luminax enlarger
    #435966, Ihagee anastigmat 91214 70mm/4,5. No stand.
  • Ihagee projector
    Bakelite, lamp doesn't work, 70/2,5 proj. anastigmat lens
  • Exakta outfit case
    Absolutely mint case with red velvet inside. Nice item to complete a collection. Exakta in gold on the front side.
  • Exakta outfit case
    Another case with Exakta on front side.
  • Exakta outfit case
    Another case for two cameras, 3 lenses and accessories
  • Kilfitt gunstock
    Mint in half bottom original case with its strap. Very nice item. I used it with a 300/5,6 Kilfitt.
  • Wood gunstock
    Very few of them were made. The lens is a Kilar 400/5,6 with lens hood. If you wish to look at the details you can click here. Sold.
  • Kilfitt adapter
    In original box. Leica thread to Exakta cameras.
  • Flash adapters
    Four adapters. You can look at them mounted on a camera clicking here.
  • Another flash adapter
    Sometimes, if you are a lucky collector, when you buy a camera on the web, you can find something unaspected like this unusual adapter!
  • Exakta Shells
    If you look at the shell number you can see a "D" after the number. It means that this shell is a double from factory to update a camera.

    Exakta VPs

  • VP A Version 1, #403455
    Infinity lever on right hand side. The wind-on knob has increased diameter. The lens thread diameter was 39,8mm with 0,75 pitch steps.
  • VP A Version 2, #412148
    The wind-on knob has increased diameter. The lens thread diameter was 39,8mm with 0,75 pitch steps. Sync added on the left side.
  • VP A Version 2, #416438
    This camera, as Klaus wrote me, was Crocodile Dundee's camera!
  • VP A Version 2-3, #420558
    Infinity lever on left hand side
  • VP A Version 5, #533592
    Chrome version, flash synchronization.
  • No serial number VP Chrome
    A photo copy of your unique VP B was sent to me by a mutual friend, Gary Cullen. I find it very interesting and wondered if what other odd and unusual Ihagee cameras were out there. I have requested that the Exakta Circle survey the Members to see what they have, send photos and even write articles on them. I have sought information on one of my Night Exaktas, a chrome one with no serial number and 400th second on the fast speed dial and 1/5th second on the slow speed knob instead of 1/10th second. Which speed does your's have? (Reply: 400th and 1/10th) Your camera differs from mine in that mine has a focusing scale in feet, is a Night Exakta with no serial number, and has a Biotar lens. It may be that we have the same kind of cameras and Ihagee used what parts that were available to assemble as many cameras as possible at the end of the VP production. Remove the lens mount to see if there are two scews in the focusing mechanism as in the sketch. Your camera has an unusual lens arangement that look like my chrome Schneider except for the added extension ring. I've never tried it but I wonder if a VP would focus properly if a night lens was installed with no other adjustments, and I also wonder if that added extension is to bring the lens forward enough to focus to infinity. If the extension ring is really removable (Reply: No) you might try focusing with a VP C back. It might have been the making of a new C. Who knows just what was on Ihagee's mind ? (Jim Hayes)
  • VP B Version 2, #410878
    Lens lock on the right hand side while there is the (surely added) bipolar flash plug (like in the version 4), Exaktar 3,5/7.5cm 615477
  • VP B Version 2, #412269
    Xenar 2.9/7.5 597185
  • VP B Version 3, #422911
    Tessar 2.8/7.5 cm 1580133
  • VP B Version 4, #431840
    Tessar 2.8/7.5 cm 2020575- Distance scale in yards, RARE!!!
  • VP B Version 4, #448714
    Tessar 2.8/7.5 1695350 - Distance scale in meter - Black speed dial
  • VP B Version 4, #479315
    Tessar 3.5/7.5cm 1721220 - Distance scale in feet - Chrome speed dial
  • VP B Version 4, #479448
    Tessar 2.8/7.5cm 1847649 - Distance scale in feet - Chrome speed dial - focusing lever - Giant release button - right wing of the wlf missing (you can see in the picture). The front plate probably has been polished so it looks like bright chrome.
  • VP B Version 5, #544447
    Exaktar 3.5/7.5 113102, T.M and Reg. on the front plate. The difference with the version 4 is the third hole to fix the flash connection.
  • VP B Version 6, #516036
    Tessar 2.8/7.5cm 2091748 - T.M. e Reg. on the front plate, surely sold in the US
  • VP B Version 7, #543995
    Tessar 2.8/7.5cm 1915627
  • Ihagee (rare version of the Junior)
    If you click here you look at one of the four known rare VP Junior marked Ihagee instead of Exakta Jr. If you wish to know more about this camera please click here
  • VP Jr Version 2, #480009
    Please look at the precision : not 7,5cm but 7,3! Ihagee An. 3.5/7.3cm 790566M - TM and Reg, as usually on cameras sold in the US. This camera is like new, bought at Vintage Camera and Imagery auction. I was the firs high bidder at $500 (plus commission, shipping charges and Italian taxes) because the second high bidder (the bid was the same) was Klaus. I wrote him telling that I was the high bidder and he replied he knew it !
  • VP Jr, Version 3, #545657
    This is the rare chrome version
  • VP Jr. C, #470030
    Klaus saw thic camera. He looked at the leatherette and told me : "this is a Jr". The late Stein Falchenberg wrote me about this camera (he wrote abouth the distance ring too). If you wish to read what he wrote you can click here
  • VP C, version 1, #456816
    Exaktar 3.5/7.5cm 715645
  • VP C, version 3, #515084
    Tessar 2.8/7.5cm 2130751 - accessories

    Exakta 66

  • Prewar 66
    The camera has a added sync. On the left hand side. If you click here you can look at the same camera with a 180 Meyer telephoto lens and a 100 Trioplan.
  • Postwar 66
    This camera comes with a 2in1 ring, a Primotar telephoto lens like new, a Tessar 80 and the original leather case. The outfit

    35mm Exaktas

  • Kine Exakta, version 1
    This is the famous Round Magnifier model (Body number 484994, Tessar 50/2.8 1937491). This camera was the best idea for sport photography but nobody wrote about the Olympic Games in Berlin in that year (1936)! You can find more information clicking here
  • Kine Exakta, shell
    A friend of mine, handmaker of precision medium format cameras, worked on a very bad camera (bought for parts). Two days later he came back with this wonderful display item. The black paint is the same mat paint he uses to avoid light reflexions.
  • Kine Exakta, version 2
    The only difference is the shape of the magnifier, with a larger field covered
  • Kine Exakta, version 3
    The only difference is the engraving, with a C instead of a K.
  • Kine Exakta, version 4
    The bipolar plug was modified, and a 3rd threaded hole was added to fix the Vacublitz flashgun
  • Kine Exakta, version 5
    Many slight differences, starting with the strap attachments. You can find the complete list of differences at page 52 on the A&R's book
  • Exakta II, version 1
    You can identify this camera looking at the front plate (one piece plate, "II" engraved below Exakta) and at the viewfinder (It includes a hinged cover). The lens flange is black.
  • Exakta II, version 2
    The camera is the one on the left. You can identify it from the upper part of the front plate, pressed and shaped to ensure greater rigidity. There is a return to the bipolar flash plug. The lens flange can be chrome, even if usually it is black.
  • Exakta Varex
    With this camera the photographer had the choice between waist level screen or eye-level pentaprism with a right way image.
  • Exakta Varex
    The owner changed the shell. The camera is a Varex, but you can see the standardized synchro plugs.
  • Exakta V
    This camera was intended for the US market. There were two variants: a) screw-on fil track, b) film track cast with chassis.

  • Exakta Varex VX, version 1
  • Exakta VX, version 1
    "T" instead of "Z" on the dial speed knob
  • Exakta Varex VX, version 2
  • Exakta VX, version 3
  • Exakta Varex VX, version 5
  • Exakta VX IIa, version 1
    attenzione alla incisione frontale
  • Exakta Varex IIa, version 1
  • Exakta VX IIa, version 2
  • Exakta Vx IIa, version 3
  • Exakta Varex IIa, version 3
  • Exakta II A, #900772, version 4
    This camera is the rare version 4 of the Exakta VX IIa. The front plate was hammered where there was the embossed inscription "Varex IIa", then was resilvered and then engraved. Some of these cameras have the inscription "USSR OCCUPIED" (this engraving is different from the A&R example, which is "USSR Occup. Germany".) on the base. Extremely rare in Europe. Shutter works.Nameplate has dull matte chrome finish. Exakta is embossed, IIa is engraved with no paint in the engraving. However, it needs to have the first shutter curtain replaced (holes in first curtain)
  • Exakta Varex IIa, version 5
  • Exakta VX IIa, version 6
  • Exakta Varex IIa, version 8
  • Exakta Varex IIb, small screws
  • Exakta Varex IIb, large screws
  • Exakta VX 1000
    On top: "IHAGEE DRESDEN". Ther are others with "AUS DRESDEN" or "IHAGEE DRESDEN + F1"
  • Exakta TL VX 1000
  • Elbaflex VX 1000
  • VX 1000
  • Exakta VX 500
    Version with flash symbol (1/40)
  • VX 500
  • Exakta Real + lenses
    The most rare outfit you can find...

    Special Exas

  • Exa, Black Flange
    If you wish more information you can click here or (to reach Mahoney's great information) here
  • VX 200
  • Exa Ic
  • Half-frame Exa Ib
    Made in 1981. If you wish to know more on Half Frame Exas you must read the Klaus Wichmann's article.

    35mm lenses

  • Stereo Kindar
    No more than 150 Stereo Kindars were made. Here a rare opportunity of seeing it! (SOLD)
  • Flektogon 20mm
  • Isco Westrogon 24mm
    With original cap
  • Zeiss Flektogon 25/4
  • Angenieux 28/3,5 Type R11
    Retrofocus. With original front and back caps. #451178. Mint
  • Angenieux 35/2,5 Type R1
    With original front and back caps and leather case. #433946
  • Super-Lithagon 35/2,5
    Enna Werk #2190359
  • Flektogon 35/2.8
    Black and chrome, manual, #5548807. Sold
  • Flektogon 35/2.8
    Chrome, semi-auto, #5610005
  • Flektogon 35/2.8
    Black, semi-auto, #9865338. Focuses to 18cm
  • Auto-Quinaron 35/2.8
    Steinheil Munchen - #2212945
  • Retro-Lumax 35/3.5
    Corfield (Made by Enna Werk), Chrome, #2120243. Sold
  • Lithagon 35/4.5
    Enna Werk, Chrome, #3915
  • Primagon 35/4.5
    Meyer-Optik, Chrome, #1751376
  • Som Berthiot
    If you wish to look at the unique Berthiot click here and you can see this rare wideangle lens
  • Steinheil Cassaron 40/3,5
    med. Heavy, #963747
  • Military Tessar
    the 40mm/4,5 lens with a rare engraving. If you wish more information you can click here. Sold
  • Zeiss Tessar 40/4,5
    #3660236, different from the preceding one.
  • Meyer Helioplan 40/4,5
  • Primoplan 5,8cm/1,9
    Min. focus. distance 0.7m. #798914
  • Primoplan 5,8cm/1,9
    Min. focus. distance 0.75m. #1119577
  • Xenar 50/2,8
    Pre-war, heavy lens for the Kine.
  • Tessar 50/2,8
    Made for the Kine Exakta
  • Meritar 50/2.9
    The 3 versions of this inexpensive lens made by Meyer-Optik
  • Xenon 50/1.9
    This is the not metered lens.
  • Xenon 50/2
    Heavy lens
  • Pancolar 50/2
    2 different models of this lens
  • Macro-Travenar 50/2.8
    On these two lenses the distance scale is different, the first in feet, the second in meters.
  • Auto Quinon 55/1,9
    Steinheil Munchen. Two versions of this lens, one all chrome (1375633), the other with black mount flange (1719488)
  • Biotar 75/1,5
    Early lens #2688174. To look at other Biotars you can click here
  • Biotar 75/1,5
    To look at other Biotars you can click here
  • Primoplan 75/1,9
    Another fast lens
  • Bm Jena 80/2,8
  • Tessar 2,8/80 T
  • Ennalyt 85/1,5
    Rare lens, fast portrait telephoto lens
  • Angenieux 90/1,8 Type P1
    Very rare lens. With a leather pouch. No. 421800.
  • Angenieux 90/2,5 Type Y1
    Another interesting telephoto lens from Angenieux. No. 255827, with original metal cap.
  • Kilfitt 90/3,5
    Unusual lens. Picture's copyright by David Barajas
  • Steinheil Auto Quinar 100/3,5
    Automatic lens #1974136
  • S 135/4 aus Jena
    Black and chrome, manual, #7196973
  • Steinheil Quinar 135/2,8
    Nice design. Lens hood can be screwed on the lens, even if you do not use it.
  • Schneider Xenar 135/4,5
    Chrome and black heavy barrel #2953165
  • Schneider Xenar 135/3,5
    Chrome heavy barrel #3531004 mint in original case. Nice couple with the black one
  • Tamron Twin-Tele 135/4,5
    ... and 225/7,7. An unusual lens in two parts.
  • Meyer Telemegor 15cm/5,5
    Heavy barrel, #885177, with leather case.
  • Kodak Aeroektar 178mm
    I have a second Aeroektar (nice condition) in barrel with iris (slight separation on the front lens).
  • 4 telephoto lenses
    From the left : Steinheil Culminar (screw mount, new in original leather case) 135/4,5 with Tower logo engraved on barrel, Steinheil Culminar 135/4,5, Feinmess Dresden Bonotar 105/4,5, Zeiss Triotar 13,5cm/4 with Zeiss aluminium cap.
  • Meyer Telemegor 18cm/5,5
    Heavy barrel, #938063
  • Tele Picon 180/5,5
    (Piesker & Co. Berlin), chrome barrel
  • Other 4 telephoto lenses
    From the right : Elgeet Mini-Tel 4inches / 4,5, Telepar (Wirgin Wiesbaden) 105/4,5, Tele-VOTAR (West Berlin) 180/5,5, Tele Picon (Piesker & Co. Berlin) 250/5,5
  • Other 3 (Meyer) telephoto lenses
    The first near the big 400/5,5 is a 250/5,5 (1202424, but I have a second one - not in the picture - with serial no.1399551), the second is a 180/5,5 (1345067), the third a 100/2,8 (3176362, while a second one I have, in the box, has serial no. 3687474).
  • Tele-Kilar 300/5,6
    #208-0901 - You can look at a different jpg, clicking here (mounted on Kilfitt pistol grip).
  • Tele-Kilar 300/5,6
    #208-5136 - You can look at a different jpg, clicking here so you can see the differences with the preceding one (I used a Kilfitt Exakta mount), the numbers are bold engraved and there are not the distance lines and the chrome type is different. The mont tipes are different. The old one is a fixed mount, while the other one is a removable mount. Here you can see better the different types of engravings and here the different mounts. There are 3 colors stripes and circles (on the barrel and on the filter flange). Here you can see the differences in writing Tele-Kilar
  • Novoflex 300/5.6
    Fast focusing grip.
  • Telemegor 300/4,5
    with lens hood (#1697201)
  • Xenar 360/5,6
    Like mint very heavy lens with original lens cap
  • Telemegor 400/5.5, chrome
    The lens number 1381177 is higher than the first version of the black lens (1162333). The black collar for the tripod has the same finish of the black lenses.
  • Telemegor 400/5.6, 2 versions
    The barrel is shorter in the oldest one (#3696289, #1162333)
  • Fern Kilar 400/5.6, 2 versions
    I have two of them, the first one (#220 - 0696) can be looked on its wood gunstock. The second one (#220 - 0104) has a different barrel finish (early black-reddish instead of the hammered-black - jpg). The mounts are different. The first one can be mounted on the gunstock while it is impossible for the second one.
  • Zeiss Fernobjektiv 500/8
    Mint, with hooded filter and leather case

  • Sockel Enna Ultra-Lithagon 28/3,5
    with early Enna sockel mount. Sold.
  • Sockel Enna lenses (4)
    Sockel mount and 4 sockel Enna: Lithagon 28/3.5, Tele-Ennalyt 90/2,8 (Aguila and Rouah say 95/2,8), Tele-Ennalyt 135/2.8 (few problems), Tele-Ennalit 240/4.5. Sold.
  • Biometar 80 with adapter
    Pentacon six Biometar 80/2,8 with adapter to Exakta mount.

  • Enna Zoom 85-250 f/4
    # 3818421. This lens was the first of its type to be manufactured in Germany (1963). I had another one with different focusing rings, #2140383. You can look at the details clicking here

  • 66 Primotar 180
    like new.

    VP lenses

  • Dallmeyer Wide Angle
  • Tessar Wide Angle
    like new, 55mm/f8
  • Meyer telelenses
    Two different screwed hoods on these Tele-Megor lenses 150/5,5
  • Dallmeyer telelenses
    Two different engravings on these Tele-Dallon lenses 6in/5,6

    Ihagee cameras

  • Roll Paff Reflex (2)
    2 different types
  • Parvola (3)
    2 different types, 3 cameras. The one with the Pronto shutter (Ihagee anastigmat and Ihagee filterhas body no. 342511, the second one, with Tessar, has body no. 366961, while the third one has a Xenar and body no. 365838


  • Stereo Nude with Exakta
    I found this stereo on ebay, but I was outbid. Some weeks after it arrived. It was my birthday gift from Gary! He was the high bidder!

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