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Why is this subforum so specific to Ektar?
Old 01-20-2018   #1
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Why is this subforum so specific to Ektar?

Being dyslexic, I originally thought this subforum was for Kodak Ektra rangefinder cameras, which I thought was odd because it was so extraordinarily expensive when it was offered for sale from 1941, and amazing though they may be, they're very rare. Then I realized I had misread the title... duh!

But still... why is this so specific to Ektar lenses? This has to be the only subforum devoted just to the high-line lens offerings for a camera company, rather than for the camera manufacturer in general.

Can we please open this Kodak subforum to all Kodak rangefinders, with all the lenses offered? I have several Kodak cameras but none with Ektar lenses. Heck, I even have a couple of Kodak rangefinders, one of which I got just this week, a Kodak 35 Rangefinder built in 1941 with an Anastigmat Special lens.

1917 No. 1A Autographic Kodak Junior
1940 Kodak 35 Rangefinder
1955 Leica M3
1969 Canon New Canonet QL17-L
1976 Konica Autoreflex T3n
1977 Canon 110ED 20
1979 Minox 35 GL
1979 Olympus XA
1980 Pentax Auto 110
1987 Polaroid Spectra
1996 Canon EOS Elan IIe
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Old 01-22-2018   #2
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Well, we have many other forum pages that are for a single lens, so it can get more specific. I have a question about the Ektra and posted it here, and got only one reply, which didn't address the question. I moved it to a general RF photography page, and got nothing at all, so I guess RFF is not a hotbed of Kodak enthusiasts.

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^^^^^ I guess it's a reflection of the camera's rarity. Sorry I can't help with your question either, but I do like Kodaks of that era (I have a Medalist and an early Kodak 35); finding the nice pictures on your original thread got my Gear Acquisition desires working . Maybe a 'bump' of the thread from time to time might catch the eye of someone who can. Best of luck .
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