Near Mint! 1953 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 snap shot. 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 great companion and its compact size will never give you a reason to leave it at home.
This is camera is a classic Zeiss-Ikon Ikonta which was originally designed in the 1930’s. This particular model is a post-war continuation of the original design that was produce until 1953. It’s a fine German camera in near mint condition and if I had to guess, I’d say that it’s probably had less than a dozen rolls of film through it. The condition of the 65 year old camera is truly exceptional fine and it’s almost enough to convince you that time travel is possible…
This Ikonta has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. Everything works as it should. The leather bellows are supple and light tight. The view finder is clean and clear. The 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 coated f3.5/75mm 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 and looks like new. There are no scratches or cleaning marks. There are no separated elements, crystallization or haze 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...