1937 6x9 Super Ikonta with Tessar Lens, CLA'd, Freshly Serviced!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use
This week we have another freshly serviced 6x9 Super Ikonta. 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. It produces beautiful photos alive with all the details 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.
This camera is also capable of producing 6x4.5 negatives, if you have a reduction mask in your collection. (Mask not included.)
This is a quality prewar camera in excellent condition. Its serial number and that of its Zeiss lens indicates that it was produced in Dresden Germany in 1937. It was produced at a time when the world looked incredible different than it does now. Additionally it still has the original dealers plate on the rear of the camera indicating it was first sold in Dusseldorf Germany. This particular dealer was a major supplier of quality cameras until it was destroyed during WWII.
This Super Ikonta has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. The quality Compur shutter works well. All speeds (B, T & 1 sec - 1/250th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along smoothly and the faster ones are clean and snappy.
The coupled rangefinder has been cleaned and it’s clean, accurate and easy to use. Additionally the original bight line viewfinder is in great shape. 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 looks virtually new. There are no scratches. There are no separated elements, crystallization or other problems and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color and black & white films.
It comes complete with a used 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.
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