1952 Zeiss-Ikon Super 6x9 Ikonta 531/2, Synchro-Compur & Coated Zeiss Tessar lens, CLA'd, FRESHLY SERVICED!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use!
This is a post-war Super Ikonta. This is the highest spec’d version of this classic rangefinder camera. This quality German camera was finely finished in black lacquer, chrome and real leather. The lens serial number indicates it was produced in circa 1952.
It has a built in coupled rangefinder that never leaves you guessing about the distance and makes focusing quick and easy. This post-war version differs from previous models in that it has a coated Zeiss-Opton 3.5/105mm Tessar lens and a Synchro-Compur shutter which allows the use of an electronic flash. This camera produces a slightly higher contrast and slightly more saturated colors compared to the prewar versions. It’s very popular with artists, landscape photographers and collectors. That said, all versions of the Super Ikonta cameras, both pre & post-war, are capable of producing very lovely photos! The overall look and atmosphere is simply a subjective, artistic choice.
Cosmetically the leather on this shows a fair amount of use. That said, the lens and shutter on this Super Ikonta is in absolutely gorgeous condition. Which indicates that the photographer who used it, certainly knew how to take care of it.
The camera has been carefully Cleaned, Lubricated and Adjusted. The coupled rangefinder array has been cleaned and it’s clean, accurate and easy to use. The Albada bight-line viewfinder on this camera is all original. (As usual it’s a bit hazy, which is normal for a classic Super Ikonta however if you prefer, we can disassemble the finder, remove the silver coating and convert it into a clear optical viewfinder at no additional charge.) The bellows are soft, supple and completely light tight.
The top quality Synchro-Compur shutter works smoothly and all speeds (B & 1 sec - 1/500th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz smoothly and the fast ones are clean and snappy. The flash sync. connector has been tested. An electronic flash will fire correctly at any desired shutter speed. (This is of course very convenient for fill flash.)
This Super Ikonta has a lovely, Zeiss 3.5/105mm Tessar coated lens. (A superb classic design with four elements in three groups.) The lens looks virtually like new. It’s is clean and clear. There are no scratches, no cleaning marks and it’s capable of producing very lovely photos with modern color and B&W films.
It comes complete with an original Zeiss-Ikon reduction mask which allows it to also produce 6x4.5 images negatives. Also included is an original brown leather case.
All in all, a wonderful classic camera. 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.