Utterly mechanical masterpieces of precision and engineering which become top-notch tools in the hands of both professional and amateur enthusiasts of entirely metallic thoroughly made devices which can be flawlessly used with colour or black and white films for decades, relishing unique experiences and feelings, and vast majority of times can be repaired if necessary, as well as often making up coveted and collectible items with a high resale value.
Jo Geier, its owner, in spite of his youth, has become a knowledgeable authority not only in both screwmount and M Leica stuff (he´s been one of the expert advisors of Wien Leica Shop and Westlicht Photographica Auction for years) but also regarding a comprehensive range of old cameras, lenses and accessories in different formats from mid XIX Century to early XXI Century, in addition to featuring an experience of more than ten years in the scope of rare and collectable cameras and photography related products.
Ihagee Kine Exakta from 1936 in B/A condition on sale at Jo Geier Mint & Rare.
This was the first 35 mm format reflex camera made in the world.
Only 1,400 units of this model were manufactured 82 years ago, so it´s exceedingly difficult to find one in such a good cosmetic condition and working flawlessly at every shutter speed and diaphragm, even more if it includes the original leather case also in great condition as happens with this serial number 483850 Ihagee Kine Exakta
On the other hand, this was the first camera system in the history of photography, since the Exakta bayonet mount could accept an amazing quantity of different lenses, finders and interchangeable screens, along with a very comprehensive array of accessories for macrophotography, microphotography, astrophotography, spectrophotography and astrophotography.
Needless to say that the compatibility of this bayonet mount was huge throughout more than three decades, between 1936 and 1970, with all the 24 x 36 mm format Ihagee Exakta camera models and the thousands of lenses and accessories that could be attached to it.
The camera comes with an exotic and valuable Exaktar (Primoplan) 5.4 cm f/3.5 lens likewise in excellent cosmetic and working condition.
On its top is visible the round magnifier ( exclusive of this model and hugely increasing its value in comparison to other models of Kine Exaktas with rectangular magnifier made between 1937 and 1949), which was replaced for a rectangular one from 1937 onwards.
Back view of the gorgeous Ihagee Kine Exakta Round Magnifier from 1936 on sale at Jo Geier Mint & Rare.
We can see the waist level finder hood unfolded, and from left to right of the camera top panel: the film transport lever with the picture counter disc under it, the reversing lever, the shutter speed knob, the finder hood catch and the slow speed and delayed action knob.
On the other hand, the condition of the leather cover of the metallic chromed areas of the camera is simply superb in spite of the more than eight decades elapsed since its construction, which does enhance very much the unutterable cosmetic appearance of this very beautiful photographic tool.
Top front area of the camera in which stand out the round magnifier of the unfolded hood finder and the legendary Exakta logo (probably the most beautiful one ever devised for a photographic camera) and under it the words Ihagee and Dresden engraved in two different types of letter.
The metallic light alloy casting construction of the this Ihagee Kine Exakta Round Magnifier (also known as Kine Exakta Model 1) 24 x 36 mm camera was truly painstaking and advanced for the time, with thorough attention to every detail, a top-notch polishing of the outer surfaces and featuring an integral chroming to prevent the spreading of any corrosion
Front lying view of the camera showing under its baseplate, from left to right (as seen in the image) the rewind knob (which must be pulled out until the loaded film cartridge is placed into the film chamber and which should also turned clockwise to wind the exposed film from the take-up spool back into the film cartridge), the knob of the film cutting knife for cutting off exposed film ends and the threaded tripod socket.
On the middle right half of front area of the camera (on the left in the image) are the two Vacublitz flash-gun contact sockets also working as fixers of the Exakta flash units.
Detail of the Ihagee Anastigmat Exaktar 5.4 cm f/3.5 lens designed by Meyer Görlitz Optics, boasting a 15 blade diaphragm delivering very nice bokeh and able to focus from 0.8 m to infinity.
The mechanical construction of this rare and valuable lens is top-rate, in the same way as the rest of the camera and it is in excellent both cosmetic and operating condition.
Flash synvhronization was one of the many sides pioneered by the 24 x 36 mm format Kine Exakta camera some decades before it became widespread.
The metallic piece with small round button at its end (visible on the lower right area of the image is the is the lens bayonet catch, while the shutter release knob with its little threaded socket for shutter release cable can be seen on top right of the picture.
Top view of the unfolded chromium hood for the focusing magnifier, the vertical surfaces of the left wall and right wall of the finder hood and the finder hood back.
The quality of both the machining and finishing of the metallic surfaces together with the overall chroming is breathtaking,
something which reaches its apex on top left panel of the camera with the film transport lever, the picture counter, the reversing lever and the shutter speed knob for 1/25 s, 1/50 s, 1/100 s, 1/160 s, 1/250 s, 1/500 s and 1/1000 s + B + Z.
It´s a ravishing sight evoking times when programmed obsolescence was not commonplace and top priority was to provide the customers with top quality products sporting a very high level of compatibility and seemlessly working throughout many decades of professional hard use in a number of different photographic genres and environments.
It all in a breakthrough camera for 1936 that meant a turning point in many aspects, including a dazzling trapezoidal design having been introduced in 1933 by the Ihagee VP Exakta for 127 film.
Back right top view of the Ihagee Kine Exakta highlighting the slow speed and delayed action knob, the jewel of the crown of this camera which was born with a scientific vocation to cover the fields in which the superb Leica and Contax 24 x 36 mm rangefinder cameras of the time didn´t excel: the macrophotography, microphotography, astrophotography, sports with long teleobjectives, industrial photography, etc.
Aerial back view of the Ihagee Kine Exakta Round Magnifier from 1936 with all of its top left and right panel knobs and dials in sight, along with the neat waistlevel unfolded finder hood with round magnifier.
The accuracy of mechanizing and warping of the hood left and right walls has to be seen to be believed and enables the folding of the finder hood making the camera smaller for an easier transport after pressing the rounded button with concentric circles located at its back middle low area, between two hollow spaces carved on the metal with a commendable degree of precision.
Detail of the greatest masterpiece technical tour de force accomplished by the genius engineer Karl Nüchterlein (creator of this camera) with the Ihagee Kine Exakta 24 x 36 mm format he created: the big slow speed and delayed action knob working as a selector of long shutter speeds.
This entirely mechanically controlled system is an extraordinary horology device encompassing nothing less than twelve different slow speeds (1/10 s, 1/2 s, 1 s, 2 s, 3 s, 4 s, 5 s, 6 s, 7 s, 8 s, 9 s, 11 s and 12 s) and very expensive to design and manufacture.
Therefore, the black numbers indicate the selectable slow speeds between 1/10 s and 12 s and the red ones refer to the eligible delayed times (1/10 s, 3/4 s, 1 1/2 s, 2 s, 3 s, 5 s and 6 s).
And on far right can be seen two of the four sturdy hexagonal clamps (two at each far end) fixed as one with a screw, making up strap lugs and built with heedful attention to foster their transport function.
Detailed front view of the waist level hood of the Kine Exakta from 1936 with its round magnifier and its four walls unfolded.
The exceptional quality and precision of polishment and machining is so apparent and results in a sumptuous finish of visible metallic surfaces and parts.
This is a class in itself camera oozing a very strong personality, indescribable beauty and elegance to spare.
Back View of the Kine Exakta Version 1 from 1936 top panel with the aforementioned knobs and controls.
In this camera the film transport lever, the knob for fast shutter speeds between 1/25 s and 1/1000 s + B + Z and the shutter release button (out of image, beyond this knob and located on top left front of the camera) are placed on the left of the waist level hood finder, whereas the large slow speed and delayed action knob reaching up to 12 seconds is on the right.
Visible in the middle center of the finder hood back base is its small catch button.
The exotic Exakta logo, one of the most prestigious ones in the History of Photography, on front top area of the camera, with the words Ihagee and Dresden engraved in different kinds of letters.
The machining and polishing of the two hollow spaces carved on the nicely chromed metallic surface on each side of those two words is simply enthralling.
Top view of the Ihagee Anastigmat Exaktar 5.4 cm f/3.5 lens designed by Meyer Görlitz Optics, revealing the stop ring in the front, the distance ring and the depth of focus ring.
The shutter release button (featuring a threaded socket for the insertion of shutter release cable) appears on top right area of the image, while the lens bayonet catch (out of focus) can be glimpsed next to the depth of focus ring.
Unlike the Leica and Contax rangefindere cameras of the time (stellar performers at reportage, photojournalism and street photography, but limited because of their own nature to focal lengths between around 21 mm and 135 mm and not a good choice for macrophotography, microphotography and scientific scopes broadly speaking), the Exakta bayonet mount, the most versatile one in the history of photographic cameras, enabled the coupling of a myriad of lenses featuring very different focal lengths and easily interchangeable, from wideangles to superteles, in addition to accept a slew of adapter rings and extension tubes for micro and macro photography, color filters, microscope adapters.soft focus lenses and so on.