NEAR MINT! 1938 Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 6x9, Tessar lens, Compur Rapid shutter.
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use
Did I hear you say you were looking for an exceptionally fine classic medium format camera with a coupled rangefinder? One that you can easily slip into an unused corner of your camera bag or back pack? A camera that will 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 Super Ikonta (serial number G80749). 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 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.
Additionally this camera is also capable of producing 6x4.5 negatives if you have a suitable reduction mask in your collection. (Mask not included.)
This is a quality German camera in exceptionally fine condition. (Please see photos.) It has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. The quality Compur-Rapid shutter was top of the line and it works smoothly, all speeds (B & 1 sec - 1/400th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along smoothly and the faster ones are clean and snappy.
The coupled rangefinder array has been cleaned and it’s clean, accurate and easy to use. The viewfinder on this camera is all original and it’s in excellent condition. The fine Moroccan leather covering is lovely. The Zeiss-Ikon logo on the rear is clean and clear. The bellows are soft, supple and completely light tight.
The lens is a top of the line Carl Zeiss f3.5/10,5 cm (105mm) Tessar . The Tessar is a superb design with four elements in three groups. This lens is exceptionally clean. There are no scratches, no cleaning marks. There are no separated elements, crystallization or other problems and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern and black & white films.
All in all, a wonderful classic camera. The perfect camera for photographers with a historical interest. (Also an excellent choice for WWII reenactors.) 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.