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1934 Zeiss-Ikon Super Ikonta D modified to 6 x 12

The Super Ikonta D  was a large format rangefinder camera that was produced in Germany from the 1934 - 1936 by Zeiss-Ikon. It used (obsolete) 616 film to create 6.5x11 negatives and it was the only camera within the Super Ikonta line to do so. All the other models used normal 120 roll film.

At the request of one of our clients, we customized a Super Ikonta D to create a unique coupled rangefinder panorama camera. To achieve this, a number of changes were required, among them the film gate was reduced in size and the spools holders, film advance knob, and pressure plate was modified to allow 120 film to be used in this camera. This film can now be used in this camera without the need for adapters.

It’s interesting to note that this particular camera has a dealer’s plate indicating that it was originally sold in Paris by Tirinty. If you lived in Paris during the 1930’s and you wanted to purchase the best cameras that money could buy, Tirinty was the shop you’d go to.

While not a true 6x12, its aspect ratio is certainly ‘close enough’ and the results of the long format photos are very attractive. Here are some sample photos taken with this 1934 6x9 Super Ikonta D which we had the pleasure of having here.

The owner hails from Princeton, New Jersey and he was kind enough to share his photos with us.  Copyright 2020 Gerado Puglia. All rights reserved.