1953 Zeiss-Ikon Super 6x9 Ikonta 531/2, Coated Zeiss Tessar lens, includes 6x4.5 reduction mask, CLA’d, Freshly Serviced!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use!
This is a lovely post-war Super Ikonta. This quality German camera is finely finished in black lacquer, chrome and real leather. The lens serial number indicates it was produced in circa 1953.
It has a built-in coupled rangefinder that make focusing quick and easy. This model differs from prewar models in that it has a coated 3.5/105mm lens. This allows the camera to produce photos with 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.
The camera has been carefully Cleaned, Lubricated and Adjusted. The coupled rangefinder has been cleaned and it’s clean, bright and accurate. The bellows are soft, supple and light tight. The quality Compur- Rapid shutterworks smoothly and all speeds (B & 1 sec - 1/400th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz smoothly and the fast ones are clean and snappy.
This Super Ikonta has a Zeiss-Opton 3.5/105mm Tessar coated lens. (A superb classic design with four elements in three groups.) I should point out that this lens has numerous fine cleaning wisps but they can only be seen with a magnifier. The glass is clean & clear. There are no scratches, separated elements, crystallization or other problems and it’s capable of producing 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 negatives.
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 rangefinder camera with you.