Exa — the Exakta's Small Sister
Two concurrent Exa lines
Over a number of years there were two Exa camera lines, being manufactured concurrently:
Both these lines would accept all Exakta lenses, but the first one had a limitation: there was a slight image cutoff with lenses above 100 mm; narrow strips of the film along longer edges of the frame remained unexposed.
The Exa II line never replaced Exa/Exa I — it was just a different camera, made concurrently with the latter.
M42 screw-mount Exas
Additionally, from 1977 to 1987 another Exa line was made: Exa Ib (later renamed to Ic without practically any other changes). This camera was basically an Exa Ia accepting M42 screw-mount lenses (Pentax/Practica standard). Therefore it was not a part of the Exakta/Exa system, although its family relationship with Exa cannot be denied. I decided to add the screw-mount Exas to this list, if only to avoid confusion.
Models and serial numbers
The listed models are categorized according to four different version systems:
"Model" sometimes show multiple names under which a given version, basically the same camera but for various logos, was distributed.
Serial numbers are quoted after A&R 2003, production runs — after Hummel.
Clicking of any of the thumbnails will take you to the proper section of my small Exa Gallery, with pictures and remarks on just a few Exa models. There are not many of these, as I collect only Exaktas. (Still, if I find a nice Exa, I will gladly give her a nice home for retirement).
|Model designation||*Ver.||Year||A&R 2003||A&R 1987||Hum. 1995||
Serial Numbers |
|Distinguishing (new) features, remarks|
|The original Exa and Exa I line, 1951-77|
|Two pairs of contacts of the "old" style. Shutter set with a lever: B, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, and 1/250s .|
|Top shutter speed: 1/150s (not 1/250s). A number of cosmetic variations .|
|Two black, concentric synch sockets replace the Vacublitz-style ones. Hinged shutter release protector.|
|System Exa Rheinmetall Sömmerda instead of Exa Ihagee Dresden on the front plate. Most were otherwise identical to *1.2, but a large number of variants seem to exist .|
|Like *1.2 or *1.3 (except for the Exa Ihagee Dresden logo), but synch sockets chrome (not black).|
|*1.5.1||4.2||Adds a removable spindle in the hinge, so that the back can be detached.|
|"Exa" on the front plate embossed (not engraved like in all other versions). Pretty.|
|New, rectangular shape of the front plate; new name plate with Exa metallic white on painted black background.|
|New, rounded body shape, larger and heavier. Shutter set with a knob (not a lever). No strap eyelets. See also .|
|Strap eyelets added.|
|Film winding with a lever. Film speeds on a ring on top of that lever. Made only as Exa Ia|
|Film speed ring covered; a small window shows the selected speed. In addition to different nameplates, different top plate etchings were used .|
|Screw mount M42 Exas, 1977-87|
|While the body is virtually identical to that of Exa Ia (with rewind crank replacing a knob), the lens mount is different: M42, accepting Practica/Pentax lenses. The camera also has internal aperture coupling for M42 automatic lenses.|
|The front plate, previously chrome, is now made of black plastic.|
|The top plate, previously chrome, is now made of black plastic.|
|The camera back and bottom, previously chrome, are now of black plastic. See .|
|The same as Exa Ib *4.4, with a different name engraved .|
|The Exa II line (fixed viewfinder), 1960-69|
|Non-interchangeable prism finder. Film-winding lever. Focal plane shutter in geometric progression from 1/2s to 1/250s. Two cosmetic variants are known .|
|*5.2||1962||2||The rewind knob not grooved on the side.|
|Rounded body shape (like Exa I). Rewind crank (not knob). No hinge. No strap eyelets. Shutter lock button on the back. See also .|
|Strap eyelets added. Shutter lock button replaced with a lever.|
|Like Exa IIa, but adds instant-return mirror.|
|Like Exa IIb, shutter speeds up to 1/500s. Cameras with various name plates exhibit no other differences .|
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