What in the HECK is this crazy two-lens camera?

Photographer holding an Exakta V with Magnifying Finder, showing off its magnifying chimney finder
(Image credit: Blue Moon Camera and Machine)

I love weird and wonderful cameras, especially weird and wonderful film cameras. And I think this is the weirdest and most wonderful I've ever seen!

What we have here is an Exakta Varex – which is already pretty exotic as not only is it the grandaddy of 35mm SLRs, it's also a left-handed camera with the film advance and shutter release on the left of the body rather than the right. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.