Near Mint! 1938 Zeiss-Ikon Ikonta 6x9, FRESHLY SERVICED
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use
Did I hear you say you were looking for an exceptionally fine classic medium format camera? One that you can easily slip into an unused corner of your back pack or travel bag? A camera that will probably increase in value as the years go by? And most important of all, a lovely camera that will deliver outstanding photo’s....?
Well, this week we have a freshly serviced Ikonta. 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 very large prints, very fine grain, rich tonal gradations or lovely colors, this camera will do all of that and may just become your favorite photographic companion.
This is a quality Zeiss-Ikon camera in exceptionally fine condition. The serial number, G54546, indicates that it was produced in Germany in 1938 at a time and place when the world looked incredible different than it does now. This camera is based on the legendary Super Ikonta design and it shares the many of the same parts. This includes the body, door, leather bellows, pressure plate and many other details. (If you look closely on the photos you can even see the two black screws on either side of the viewfinder that could be used to hold the Super Ikonta’s rangefinder unit.),
The excellent performance of this camera is due to its old world, quality build and the fact that it has the same fine lens and shutter as the Super Ikonta. Additionally this Ikonta has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. The quality Compur shutter works smoothly and all speeds (B & 1 sec - 1/250th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along smoothly and the faster ones are clean and snappy.
The lens is a Carl Zeiss 10,5cm (105mm) Tessar. The Tessar is a classic design with four elements in three groups. This lens is in exceptionally fine condition and looks virtually new. There are no scratches. The glass is clean and clear. There are no separated elements, crystallization, haze or other problems and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color and B&W films.
It comes complete with a lovely, brown leather case. (Post-war, after market.)
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 camera with you to capture the view.
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