KODAK EKTRA Back to main page
Over 50 Kodak Ektras have been made fully operational again by Bald mountain.
Early B&W images below are from Kodak literature
The copy for using the Ektra flash add on is from Mathew Hargreaves
Of the various versions of the Ektra that have passed through here being repaired
only two didn't need new curtains.
Normally the average charge for making an undamaged body run correctly with new curtains is $595.00
Lenses and camera backs to be used with the unit should be sent at the same time for
proper matching during adjustment, minimally one lens needs to be sent in any case.
Each loose item should be individually boxed within the main shipping box to
prevent one part from accidentally damaging another in case the packing material fails
to maintain separation of various units during shipment.
If you have any question you might
call during my regular phone times to
talk about it.
9/5 wed./ Thurs. 9/noon Fri.
Best wishes .... Ken
Top deck with cover removed
Speaking generally about Ektras:
Most Ektras need new curtains when repaired. One of these that still had good curtains was
bought new in 1940 and was used by a real estate agent every week for over 50 years.
Most damage to Ektras comes from botched repairs and from not being used.
Parts broken from botched repairs include chipped prisms, broken wind stop dogs, broken
slow speed spring arms, broken wind ratchet teeth, modifications for flash, bent or missing
curtain shrouds, and worst, missing parts.
Chips on the rangefinder prisms due to tampering usually remain visible unless
damage can be mitigated by reorientation of the prisms or replacement.
Cosmetic condition of the plating is critical as it can not be improved.
Magazines frequently have the lock mechanism broken by forcing the wind, evidence of
this is usually visible as a portion of the casting breaks out just to the right of the upper film
There are two common variations of the body and it is normal to see the earlier version have
the lead curtain appear slightly tipped during winding.
Typical repair cost for a not severely damaged Ektra is around $595.00
Some Ektra links Back to Main Page
The Ektra flash instructions