Decided that it was time that I wrestled with my Exakta Varex, a camera that I always have mixed feelings about. The early Exaktas really shout classic to me, lots of chrome, quite distinctive looks, and enough dials to keep everyone happy. The problem arises when you pick it up to use it...everything is back to front! Some really like the ergonomics, but I just can't get to grips with it. None the less, I still love these cameras, and I persist in their use, no pain, no gain. The thing that prompted me to try it again was the acquisition of the prism finder, which does darken the image but makes handling much better, especially when shooting vertical I always think that the best standard lens here is the Biotar!, although I do have a Xenon and the ubiquitous Tessar. Something that keeps drawing me back to the Biotar...always a wonderful IQ. Problem is finding one that has no internal haze and a focus that still moves! All the pics here were shot with a preset Biotar, which is just marked Jena, the trademark problems have removed all hint of Biotar. First up the camera.