Exakta VXIIa and Varex IIa


Varex-Style Body


A/R - Serial number range: 818000-935000 Total Production: 117000
KR - Serial number range: 820172-935005 Total Production: 114833
RH - Lists 3 versions and no serial range. Total Production: 116325


Known Versions
Model Name -
A/R Version
KR Serial Range Changes Between Versions
Varex IIa - 1 822136-844590 Varex IIa (engraved), with 1/150th speed, film pressure plate with grooves.
VXIIa - 1 820172-851521 As above.
Varex IIa - 2 850062-859018 1/150th replaced with 1/100th, film pressure plate with small bumbs, film take-up hub has round cutouts for a new spool clip with ball-shaped ends.
VXIIa - 2 852339-888128 As above.
Varex IIa - 3 863657-935005 Varex IIa embossed.
VXIIa - 3 874142-913540 As above.
VXIIa 885617 As above but VXIIa characters are diamond machined. One camera observed.

A/R version 4 "Exakta IIa" is not cataloged by KR. This camera is an embossed version 3 modified by US importers to avoid infringing on the "Varex" copyrights of Argus. 24 variants of modified cameras are documented in Gary Cullen's book, Exakta Obscurities.



1961 Trapezoid-Style Body


A/R - Serial number range: 935000-1005000. Total production: 70000
KR - Serial number range: 937587-1001402. Total production: 63815
RH - Lists 1 version and no serial range. Total production: 65620


Known Versions
Model Name -
A/R Version
KR Serial Range Changes Between Versions
Varex IIa 937587-971897 Varex IIa characters on front plate.
VXIIa 950873-985619 VXIIa characters on front plate.
Varex IIa - 5 938748-942775 No Varex IIa on front plate.
Varex IIa - 6 942725-943720 No Varex IIa on front plate, "Mod.IIa" engraved on right top plate.
Varex IIa 945279-955307 Varex IIa characters on front plate and "Mod.IIa" engraved on right top plate.
VXIIa - 7 942960-944238 As above.
Varex IIa - 8 945609-947412 Varex IIa-engraving very small (with an a instead of the usual a), without Mod.IIa-engraving.
VXIIa 946607-947476 As above.
Varex IIa 965876-1001402 Varex IIa characters on front plate, mirror latch now has a hook.
VXIIa 985666-995674 As above.


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