Original 1934 , Zeiss-Ikon Art Deco “Coffee-can” Ikoflex, 850/16, CLA'd Freshly Serviced!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use!
In this listing we have a hard to find Ikoflex camera affectionately known as the “coffee-can” to camera collectors. This is the early version art-deco camera, with a geometric pattern on the top cover which was introduced in 1934 and only produced until about April of the following year. (After that, production switched to a simplified plain top. This plainer second version was produced until 1937 and is much easier to find.)
This camera was produced by Zeiss-Ikon in Dresden, Germany. It uses normal 120 roll film (but if desired it can just as easily use 620 film because the camera was designed to work with both film types.) The camera still has its original viewfinder mirror. The mirror has some age-related marks but this has no effect on the viewfinder image which is clean and clear. Focus and manual settings work as they should. The shutter has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. It fires smoothly and all speeds (T, B, 1/25, 1/50 & 1/100) are appropriate.
This camera is fitted with a 4.5/80mm Novar lens which is based on a classic Cooke design with three elements in three groups. It’s well known for the attractive rendition and bokeh it produces. The glass is in excellent condition. It’s, clear and clear. This Zeiss lens has an excellent reputation in Europe for its rendition, attractive bokeh and its soft smooth backgrounds. There are no scratches, just the usual light cleaning marks (but you’ll need a magnifier to see it) and it’s capable of producing beautiful photos with modern color & B&W films. (As with all prewar lenses, we recommend keeping the sun behind you for best performance.)
All in all, a very attractive, hard to find camera. A real eye catcher for your collection and a lot of fun if you’re inclined to use it.