A new Kickstarter project has an interesting take on the retro-is-new craze sweeping everything, cameras included. This time it's capturing photos like you're back in the USSR, in a way.
Ihagee was a camera and optics manufacturer based in Dresden, Germany that was founded by Dutchman Johan Steenbergen in 1912 as the Industrie- und Handelsgesellschaft or IHG, the acronym's pronunciation being Ihagee in German, hence the company's name.
The company is best known for its Exata line of cameras, made between 1933 and 1976, a turbulent period during German history to say the least and which includes World War II and the partition of the country into East and West.
After the end of World War II, Dresden was in the Soviet zone of occupation and the company became an East German (DDR) concern after that. The ELBAFLEX name is the Exata line’s moniker in the Federal German Republic, or FDR.
The company was eventually merged in with Pentacon which subsumed its product lines.