1935 Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta C, 6x9, Tessar lens, CLA'd, Freshly Serviced!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use
This is a freshly serviced Super Ikonta. It’s the version with the lovely chrome & black lacquer trim around the lens. 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 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 camera in excellent condition. The serial numbers of the lens (1611591) and body (serial number Z23593) indicates it was produced in Germany in 1935 when the world looked considerably different than it does today.
It’s been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. The top of the line Compur Rapid shutter was the finest shutter available and it works smoothly and all speeds (B, T & 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 also been cleaned and it’s clean, accurate and easy to use. The optical viewfinder is also clean and clear. It’s covered with real leather. The Zeiss-Ikon logo on the rear is clean and clear. The leather bellows are soft, supple and completely light tight.
The lens is a Carl Zeiss f3.8/10,5 cm (105mm) Tessar, which was the fastest Tessar lens in this format at the time. The Tessar is a superb design with four elements in three groups. This lens exceptionally clean and clear. There are no scratches, just some light cleaning marks (but you’ll need a magnifier to see them) and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color and B&W films.
It comes complete with a used original brown leather case.
All in all, a wonderful classic camera. Perfect for photographers with a historical interest who want to work with a prewar camera 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 you had a classic camera with you.
Here are some examples of what you can expect from this camera. (These photos were produced by some of our clients with cameras acquired from us.
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