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Near Mint! 1956 6x6 Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta IV, 531/16 with Tessar lens, CLAd, Freshly Serviced!


Near Mint! 1956 6x6 Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta IV, 531/16 with Tessar lens, CLAd, Freshly Serviced!

$ 495.00 USD

Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use!

Did I hear you say you were looking for a classic medium format camera with a built in 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 lovely photo’s....?

Well, this is a freshly serviced Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta with a built in rangefinder that never leaves you guessing about the distance or the focus. It folds out to take 12 beautiful 6 x 6 cm exposures on normal 120 roll film. Bright exposures alive with all the vivid 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 very fine grain, rich tonal values, saturated colors or big enlargements, this camera can do it all and its compact size will never give you a reason to leave it at home.

This is the popular 534/16 model, Super Ikonta that Zeiss-Ikon built between 1956 -1960. (It was the final top of the line version and it featured a built-in, uncoupled selenium light-meter.) It has a built in coupled rangefinder to make focusing quick and easy, so that you never have to guess about focus or distance. It’s a quality German model in superb condition. (Please see photos.) The camera has been carefully Cleaned, Lubricated and Adjusted. The bellows are supple and completely light tight. The view finder is very clean and clear. The built in rangefinder works smoothly, accurately and it’s easy to use. The light-meter works but is not accurate. (The selenium solar cell was not designed to last 60 years, however that’s not a problem, just use a modern handheld meter or the classic sunny 16 rule. All manual settings are easy to use and adjust.)

The fine quality 3.5/75mm coated Carl Zeiss Tessar lens . It’s a superb design with four elements it three groups. It’s a very popular lens because of lovely photos it produces. They have the perfect balance of sharpness, rendering and background bokeh.

The Zeiss lens looks like new. There are no scratches or cleaning marks. There is no haze, crystallization, separated elements or other problems. And it’s capable of producing very lovely images with modern color and B&W films.

The shutter works smoothly and all the speeds (B & 1sec - 1/500th) are appropriate. It has an X sync flash connector and it’s been tested and works with a normal electronic flash. The flash will fire correctly at any desired shutter speed. (This is of course very convenient for flash fill.)

It comes complete with an original Zeiss-Ikon brown leather case.

All in all a fine collectable classic camera that not only looks great, it deserves to be used regularly. 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 medium format camera with you...

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