Exakta 66 (vertical)

Medium format 6x6 SLR system • Discontinued


A short-lived medium format 6x6 SLR system consisting of the Exakta 66 camera first shown by Ihagee East at the Leipzig Autumn Fair in 1953 and produced for only a few years (most likely 1953-1954). The camera was designed to take take 12 exposures, 6x6cm each, on standard 120 roll film. The shape and design were radically different from the pre-war model, which was introduced in 1939. The two-curtain cloth shutter and two speed setting knobs were similar to those of the 35mm Exakta models and provided speed settings ranging from 1/1000 of a second to 12 seconds. Delayed action exposures could be made up to a speed of 6 seconds. Built-in flash synchronization was provided for both regular and electronic flashes. The Exakta 66 had an automatic film-transport, shutter-cocking mechanism that operated from the first frame. The folding viewfinder was removable for interchange with other viewfinders. The back of the camera was also removable. Other features included a film notes device, loops for neckstraps, and tripod sockets on both the bottom and side of the camera.

The Exakta 66 was accompanied by the Tessar 80mm F/2.8 standard lens with preset diaphragm mechanism. Additional lenses with focal lengths ranging from 56 to 400mm were promised, including several wide-angles, f/3.5 Primotars of 85, 165 and 180mm and f/5.5 Meyer Tele-Megors of 150, 180, 250 and 400mm.

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