Superb! 1936 Zeiss Ikon 6x9 Super Ikonta, CLA'd, Freshly Serviced
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use
This is a freshly serviced Super Ikonta. It’s the 530/2 model 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 Super Ikonta is in stunning superb condition and one of the nicest ones we’ve seen in years. The serial numbers of the lens and body indicates it was a brand new camera produced in Germany in 1936 when the world looked considerably different than it does today.
It’s been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. The high quality Compur shutter works smoothly and all speeds (B & 1 sec - 1/250th) 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. The real Moroccan leather covering is very 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 Carl Zeiss f4.5/10,5 cm (105mm) Tessar. The Tessar is a superb design with four elements in three groups. This lens is exceptionally clean and clear and the glass looks like new. There are no scratches, no cleaning marks and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color and B&W films.
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 sample photos taken with an original black Super Ikonta:
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