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MINT! Brand new old stock! 1938 Zeiss Ikon 6x9 Super Ikonta C with Tessar lens, CLA’d, Freshly Serviced!


MINT! Brand new old stock! 1938 Zeiss Ikon 6x9 Super Ikonta C with Tessar lens, CLA’d, Freshly Serviced!

$ 725.00 USD

Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use!

This is a freshly serviced Super Ikonta. It’s the version with black lacquer trim around and nickel plated fittings 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.  Bright exposures alive with all the vivid 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 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 so beautiful that you’d almost accept it as proof that time travel is a real thing. Even though the serial number indicates that it was produced in Dresden Germany in 1938, it looks so new, that you’d swear that it rolled out of the factory last week. Actually it’s new old stock that’s been tucked away and forgotten, sleeping away the countless years as it waiting patiently for a new owner. It’s hands down the finest Super Ikonta I’ve ever seen and I dare you to find a finer example. It can’t be done. There’s no sign of use anywhere. Even the pressure plate looks brand new!

It’s been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted.  The quality Compur shutter  works smoothly. 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 array has also been cleaned and it’s clean, accurate and easy to use. It makes focusing quick and easy. The viewfinder is clean and gives an excellent view.     

The lens is a Carl Zeiss f4.5/10,5 cm (105mm) Tessar, a superb design with four elements in three groups. The lens looks like new. It’s clean and clear. No scratches, no cleaning marks and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color and B&W films.

All in all, a wonderful classic camera in exceptionally fine condition! The perfect gift for photographers with a historical interest who want to work with a prewar camera regularly. 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 camera with you.


Here are some examples of what you can expect from this camera. These photos can be found in our Example Gallery and were shot with cameras acquired from us.

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