Exakta Varex IIa

5 Frames with the Exakta Varex IIa – By Glenn Bech

My analog photography obsession snowballed quickly from a Pentax K1000 flea market impulse buy. Before I knew it, I had a budding camera collection and was part of a darkroom community. The gear aspect of photography can undoubtedly take a life of its own. And I am no stranger to GAS, gear acquisition syndrome. 

As of late, I mostly shoot medium format with my Hasselblad 500CM (I’ll sell body parts before that camera!). And I’m calmer when it comes to gear. I’ve sold many of my 35mm cameras but have kept one rangefinder, one SLR, and one point-and-shoot. The Pentax K1000, Olympus 35SP, and the Olympus mju-II were gifted to me by my inlaws. I then told myself that this would be all my 35mm cameras.