Near Mint! 1948 Zeiss-Ikon Ikonta with coated Opton-Tessar. CLA'd, Freshly Serviced!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use!
This is a freshly serviced Zeiss Ikon Ikonta. It folds out to produce 6x6 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 very 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 camera looks virtually new and it’s a very fine example of the Ikonta 521-16, which Zeiss-Ikon first introduced in 1938 produced until 1953. It was a very high quality folding camera capable of producing lovely photos. The lens serial number 82420 indicates that it was produced in Stuttgart Germany in circa 1948. 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 top of the line Compur-Rapid shutter works well and all speeds (B & 1sec - 1/500th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along smoothly and the fast ones are clean and snappy.
The lens is a “T” coated f3.5/75mm Zeiss-Opton Tessar. This is the identical lens used on the top of the line Super Ikonta A (which regularly sell for $900 and more). It’s a superb four element design and well respected for its sharp rendition and attractive background bokeh. The lens is in excellent condition. It’s clean and clear. There are no scratches, just a few light cleaning wisps 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...