Superb! 1934 Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 6x9, Tessar lens, Freshly Serviced
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use
This 6x9 Super Ikonta is in stunning condition. It's one of the nicest examples that we've seen in recent years and I think that it would be very difficult to find a finer one. It’s the somewhat hard to Art Deco version with the lovely chrome & black lacquer trim around the lens. It has a built in coupled rangefinder that never leaves you guessing about the distance or the focus. It’s a lovely camera that easily slips into a jacket pocket or a back pack and yet folds out to take 8 beautiful 6x9 exposures on normal 120 roll film. Big exposures alive with the rich tonal range and lovely colors that only medium format or larger can provide. When it comes to photography, bigger is better and with this camera you can create a negative that is about 6 times larger than the average 35mm snap shot. So whether you’re interested in large prints, fine grain, rich tonal gradations or lovely colors, this camera will do all of that and may just become your favorite photographic companion.
Additionally this camera is also capable of producing 6x4.5 negatives if you have a suitable reduction mask in your collection. (Mask not included.)
This is a quality German camera in exceptionally fine condition. The serial numbers of the lens and body (serial number Y3407) indicates it was produced in 1934. (Please see photos.) It has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. The quality Compur works smoothly and all speeds (B & 1 sec - 1/250th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along smoothly and the faster ones are clean and snappy.
The coupled rangefinder array has been cleaned and it’s clean, accurate and easy to use. The optical viewfinder is also clean and clear. The bellows are soft, supple and completely light tight.
The lens is a Carl Zeiss f4.5/10,5 cm (105mm) Tessar . The Tessar is a superb design with four elements in three groups. This lens is exceptionally clean and clear and looks like new. There are no scratches, no cleaning marks and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color and B&W films.
Here are sample photos taken with an original black Super Ikonta:
All in all, a wonderful classic camera. The perfect camera for photographers with a historical interest. (Also an excellent choice for WWII reenactors.) Load it with your favorite film and keep it handy for that perfect shot you’ve been looking for. You know the one... the one with the perfect Ansel Adams light breaking through the dark storm clouds that leaves you wishing you had a classic medium format camera with you.
Here's a link to our example gallery which will show you what this camera is capable of:
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