Near Mint! 1937 Zeiss Ikon Ikonta, CLA'd, Freshly Serviced!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use!
This is a freshly serviced Zeiss Ikon 6x6 Ikonta. It folds out to 6 x 6 cm photos on normal 120 roll film. Bright exposures alive with all the details, lovely colors and rich tonal range that only medium format can provide. When it comes to photography, bigger is better and this camera can produce a large negative that’s more than four times larger than the average 35mm snapshot. The real appeal is that all of this is produced by a camera that folds up into a small package. So whether you're interesting in fine grain, rich tonal values or lovely colors, this vintage camera is a fine companion and its compact size will never give you a reason to leave it at home.
This is a very fine example of the popular 521/16 model, which Zeiss-Ikon produced in Germany. The camera’s serial number (E94037) indicates it was produced in 1937. The real leather bellows are supple and light tight. The view finder is clean and clear.
This camera has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. Everything works as it should. The quality Compur shutter works well and all speeds (B & 1sec - 1/300th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along smoothly and the fast ones are clean and snappy.
The lens is a f3.5/7,5cm (75mm) Novar-Anastigmat. It’s an excellent three element design based on the classic Cooke triplet and well known for its lovely rendition and attractive background bokeh. The lens is also in exceptionally fine condition. It’s clean and clear. There are no scratches, no cleaning marks and it’s capable of producing lovely photos modern color and B&W films.
All in all a very fine usable 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 that you had a classic camera with you...
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