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58/1.2 Taika Harigon for Exakta


Taika, an optical company in Japan produced the fastest lens made for the Exakta, the 58/1.2 Harigon. It is one of the few lenses produced that uses the outer bayonet, so it will not fit cameras earlier than the 1954 second version of the Exakta VX. The lens has a preset diaphragm, and the rear element protrudes beyond the lens mount, and is unprotected, making this lens prone to scratches on the rear element.