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The pictures show Johan Steenbergen in 1924 and in the 1960's
My name is Hugo Ruys. I am a Dutchman, born in 1938.
My portrait (from sometime ago) is on the right. Supporters of this site
Since about 1975 I have collected all Ihagee products and all Exakta lenses except Japanese (unless they are in some way exceptional), all Ihagee equipment and most non-Ihagee equipment for Exakta.
More important, I collect information about the history of the Ihagee company (East and West) and its founder/owner Johan Steenbergen, and will make (part of) this available to you on this site.
I try to keep in contact with other collectors by being member of the British Exakta Circle and the French Exakta Ihagee Club de France (EICF), by attending the International Ihagee/Exakta Conventions (and sometimes being involved in the organisation of them) and by maintaining a list of Dutch Ihagee collectors (this list is not a club; most of them are members of the Dutch Society of Photographica Collectors "Fotografica").
I also maintain contact with the family of Steenbergen, in particular with the boards of the Steenbergen Stichting (=foundation) and the Stichting Steenbergen Caerus, and represent the Ihagee Collectors of the World (you) when the Steenbergen Stipendia are handed out to the best Dutch photography student of the year and every other year \ to the author of the chosen study on the history of the province of Drenthe, where Steenbergen was born.
I want to mention at least the following supporters of ihagee.org:
Hein Ehrhardt, then president of the Steenbergen Foundation, author of "My uncle Steenbergen"
Svend Erik Jeppesen, author of the Danish articles in the Danish Department
Gary Cullen and Klaus Rademaker, allowing me to use the lens data from "Exakta Obscurities"
Frans de Gruijter, author of the article on the disappeared mercury batteries
The Exakta Ihagee Club de France, allowing me to publish older articles from the magazine l'Exacta
Michel Rouah, allowing me to use the lens data in his book Exakta Collection
Evgeny Shovikov, provider of the russian material in Other Languages
Mark Stuecheli and Jim Focht, providers of an enormous amount of scanned material, mostly from the USA
The participants in the Topica Exakta Discussion group
Michael Higgins & Ove Davidsen, providing research reports on Exakta lens resolution
Rainer Dierchen, provider of a lot of material in the German language
Michael Sorms (Lukoszek), providing scans of all Ihagee Repair Manuals, Spare Parts Lists and many patents
Heinrich Degen, providing scans of many folders and brochures in the German language
Peter Lanczak, providing a really immense amount of information
Olaf Nattenberg, author of the article on "The Largest Exakta Exhibition in the World" in German (auf deutsch)
John Richardson, who supplied various contents
How to find other useful and interesting sites>
http://www.exaktacircle.org of the Exakta Circle
http://www.exakta-cf.org of the Ihagee Exakta Club de France
http://www.exakta.org run by Maurizio Frizziero
http://www.exaklaus.de/homepage.htm run by Klaus Rademaker
http://www.peterlanczak.de/ihagee.htmrun by Peter Lanczak
http://www.exaktaphile.com run by Miles Upton
http://www.exaktapages.com run by Olaf Nattenberg
http://www.dresdner-kameras.de/ihagee_exakta/ihagee_exakta.html run by Michael Sorms
http://www.steenbergen-stichting.nl (Dutch only)
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Remarks or questions in general
If you have remarks or questions about Ihagee, its products and history, its founder
Johan Steenbergen or about this site, please send me a message. E-mail is the fastest and
cheapest, but there are other ways.
You may address me in Dutch, English or German. In writing and if you keep it simple, French, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish may work as well. I prefer to answer in English or Dutch; German is also possible.
H.D. Ruys (or Hugo Ruys)
1217 LH HILVERSUM
tel +31 35 6244597
fax (no longer)
e-mail: hugo.ruysATihagee.org (for AT read @)
NB This is information I collected/selected from
discussions on the
Exakta List. The original input came from
means that the "I" in the texts is
me but can be
many different persons, even under one heading.
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