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Ihagee Exakta TL 1000 and TL 500

About 1972 the West German Ihagee marketed two new models of Exakta built by Petri. Based on the Petri FT line, the cameras were fitted with the 42mm Universal thread mount, abandoning the concept of a proprietary lens mount. Both models had a cloth focal plane shutter, from 1/000 to 1 second on the TL 1000, and only 1/500 to 1 second on the TL 500. Apparently this is the only major difference between the two models. Both have TTL CdS meters.

There seems to be little information available about these models. Apparently they were not produced in large numbers, but are not currently highly sought.