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IhageeExakta VX (Varex VX) (Varex X)

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1951-1956. 35mm SLR camera. Interchangeable finder. Film reminder: DIN for Europe, Weston/ASA for USA.
type 1 - 1951. Four flash sockets;
type 2 - 1954. Shutter release lock added;
type 4 - 1956. Bipolar flash plugs replaced by synchro.
Serial numbers and versioning details can be found at Exaktaphile.

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Ihagee: Exakta VX (Varex VX) (Varex X) camera

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by sbucy1 » Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:17 pm

I just bought one of these funny old trapazoidal beauties off eBay for less than $30 plus shipping. Little cosmetic damage, but everything seems to work and the shutter doesn't seem to have any holes. The lens controls are all gummy feelng - I hate aluminum threads. What a bad idea.

Anybody know why this camera has a film cutter built in? There's actually a sharp little blade that you can activate while the back is still on the camera to cut through the film. Why would you want to do that? To remove the exposed film without rewinding - in a darkroom? Anybody know?

Never saw anything like that. And I'm old and have seen a lot!

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by diser » Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:40 pm

I guess like in most cameras with cutters, you can get the film out in two pieces and insert another film (with different ISO?). Then insert the previous one back. Sort of pre-historic replaceable back ;-)

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by kflowers » Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:01 pm

I also have one. It's a bit of an odd bird in a number of respects. Note that the film rolls into the cartridge as pictures are taken. That is, you wind it onto the take-up spool before you shoot the first picture, then wind it back in from the left. Cool mechanism, which is what I collect for.

Anyway, I suspect the cutter is so that you can get a half shot roll out of the beast without fake shooting the rest of the roll.

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by faxonpr » Tue Oct 13, 2009 5:11 am

Just FYI, the Russian Start also has a film cutter. That allowed you to shoot a few shots, cut the film, remove it in the darkroom, and save the rest.

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