Superb! 1937 Zeiss-Ikon Ikonta 6x9 Folding Camera, Tessar lens, CLA'd, Freshly Serviced!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use
This is a freshly serviced 1936 Ikonta 6x9 folding camera, model 521/2. It’s a lovely camera that easily slips into a jacket pocket or a back pack and yet folds out to take 8 big beautiful 6x9 exposures on normal 120 roll film. Bright exposures alive with all the vivid details and lovely colors that only medium format can provide. When it comes to photography, bigger is better and with this camera you can create a negative that’s about 6 times larger than the average 35mm snap shot. So whether you’re interested in large prints, fine grain, rich tonal gradations or lovely colors, this camera will do all of that and may just become your favorite travel companion.
This quality Zeiss-Ikon camera in exceptionally fine condition. The serial number, E26895, indicates that it was produced in Germany in 1937 at a time and place when the world looked incredible different than it does now. This camera is based on the legendary Super Ikonta design and it shares the many of the same parts. This includes the body, door, leather bellows, pressure plate and many other details. Needless to say, these design features makes this camera capable of producing very lovely photos.
The excellent performance of this camera is due to its old world, quality build and the fact that it is after all a Zeiss-Ikon product. Additionally this Ikonta has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. It’s equipped with a top of the line quality Compur-Rapid shutter. The shutter works beautifully and all speeds (B & 1 sec - 1/400th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along smoothly and the faster ones are clean and snappy. And in case you wondered, the real leather bellows are soft, supple and completely light tight.
The lens is an impressive Carl Zeiss 10,5cm (105mm) Tessar. The Tessar is a classic design with four elements in three groups. It’s well known for its sharpness and attractive rendition. This Zeiss lens has an excellent reputation in Europe. The lens is in exceptionally fine condition. The glass is clean and clear. There are no scratches, no cleaning marks. There are no separated elements, crystallization, haze or other problems and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color and B&W films.
All in all an absolutely wonderful 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 you had a classic camera with you to capture the view.
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