An Ektra II was planned and a few prototypes were produced. A major difference was the addition of an optional back with spring-driven motor drive designed into it; this is before there were battery-powered motor drives. Perhaps that change also included changes to the FP shutter to make it more robust. The largish bump on the back to house the spring mechanism looks like it would be literally in your face when using the viewfinder/rangefinder.    



While I am including a scan of the complete Ektra 1941 price list, a few examples will achieve the sticker shock that I think is appropriate. The body with an f/1.9 50mm was $300, and an f/3.5 35mm and an f/3.8 135mm were $68 and $130 respectively. Each additional magazine back, specially fitted to its particular body when ordered with the camera, was $55. With a leather combination case and a few filters, the bill would push $600. For reference, in 1959 my high school history teacher told me that he had bought a new pre-WW II Ford for under $1000. For additional reference, specialty metropolitan camera shops currently offer relatively complete Ektra outfits in good condition for around $5000.    
Ektra Lenses..

Kodak Ektra - The Prospectus (ca 1941) How to Use the Kodak Ektra (1945)  
Prices Kodak Ektra, its lenses, accessories and related products
January 1941
Kodak Ektra Registration Card (ca 1945)  
Contemporary correspondance about the Ektra Scans of pages in Kodak publications relating to the Ektra  

Patent application for Kodak Ektra shutter
    Ektra Internals  


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