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01-03-2009, 07:11 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by mickeyobe Quote
I still have my Exakta VX IIa that I purchased new in 1957.

I still think it is an outstanding camera.

What lenses do you have for it?

I only have the 58/2 Biotar which is quite nice, though I need to take it apart and relube sometime because it's stiff as hell.

The Exakta takes some getting used to, with the left side winder and left/front shutter button. But feature wise is was pretty amazing for its time.

01-05-2009, 08:57 AM   #17
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Click on the line of gibberish below for a picture of my Exakta family.
For some reason I am no longer able to post photos from either Flickr or Photbucket - only the codes.

The Items are:
Front Row - Zeiss Biotar 58mm F2. Examat eye level view finder with meter for through the lens metering. Old waist level finder. New waist level finder. 2X tele extender - not very good.
Second row - Exakta VX IIa (old) with Schneider Auto Tele Quinar 135mm f2.5. Exakta VX IIa (new) with Jena 50mm f2.8. Bellows with self contained metal box.
Exa with extension tubes and Preset E. Ludwig Meritor 50mm f2. Exa Ia with bellows and Magnear with Enna Super Lithagon 35mm f2.8.
Third Row - Rubber eye cup. Adaptor for Canon FD. Lens cap. Extension Rods. Lens cap. Focus hood for waist level finder.
Top Row - Owners manuals. Literature. Exakta book.
- I also have several different ground glasses and lens and body caps.

I collect old cameras and this is part of my collection.


Sorry about the pictures. I am not very computer savvy.


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01-05-2009, 09:15 AM   #18
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QuoteOriginally posted by heliphoto Quote
With some of my lenses this works (the DA* 50-135 for sure), but with others, the focus needs to be adjusted differently at different focal lengths.
That's what I found too.
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Do people shoot in complete darkness or is my K20D just awesome? I went out yesterday night into the city and the K20D had no problem focusing in light that was on the limits of what I could comfortably handhold (ISO 1600, f1.4, 1/15 @ 30mm).

edit: obviously I meant no problem, not on problem (:

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Do people shoot in complete darkness or is my K20D just awesome?
if u said NO problem with low light, i'll give u mine + $1,000.00 for the trouble
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I do it with my sigma 18-50 macro. The focus plane does shift but not enough to push it out of the depht of field. As long as I zoom out that is, focusing at 18 and zooming in is not a good idea.
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I just zoom in focus it and then zoom out to my original frame like i use to do when i was a tv cameraman. Does anybody does that to make sure your k20d is in perfect focus?
There is no perfect zoom. As such, the in-focus point will shift somehow at different focals. As such, your method will not work 100%.

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