Superb! 1936 Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 6x9, Tessar lens & Case, CLA'd, Freshly Serviced!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use
This is a freshly serviced Super Ikonta. It’s the version with black lacquer trim around and nickel plated fittings 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.
This is a quality camera in excellent condition. The serial numbers of the lens (1715541) and body (serial number A73080) indicates it was produced in Dresden Germany in 1936 when the world looked considerably different than it does today.
The viewfinder is all original and as is typical for these cameras it’s a bit hazy. If desired we can disassemble the viewfinder and remove the silvering to create a normal optical finder that's easier to use. We normally charge $50.00 for this service but we'll do the work free of charge, if you prefer you like it done. (Just write us and specify original or modified viewfinder when you order this camera.)
The coupled rangefinder array has been carefully cleaned. The rangefinder is accurate, easy to use and will never leave you guessing about focus or distance.
The quality Compur shutter works smoothly. It's been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. All speeds (B, T & 1 sec - 1/250th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along smoothly and the faster ones are clean and snappy.
The lens is a Carl Zeiss f4.5/10,5 cm (105mm) Tessar. It's a superb design with four elements in three groups. This lens exceptionally clean and clear. No scratches, no cleaning marks and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color and B&W films.
It comes complete with a lovely original brown leather Zeiss-Ikon camera 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 can be found in our Example Gallery and were shot with cameras acquired from us.
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