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Superb! 1938 Zeiss Ikon 6x6 Ikonta with case, CLA'd, Freshly Serviced!


Superb! 1938 Zeiss Ikon 6x6 Ikonta with case, CLA'd, Freshly Serviced!

$ 325.00 USD

Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use!

This is a freshly serviced Zeiss Ikon 6x6 Ikonta. It folds out to 6 x 6 cm photos on normal 120 roll film. Bright exposures alive with all the 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 snapshot. 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 fine grain, rich tonal values or lovely colors, this vintage camera is a fine companion and its compact size will never give you a reason to leave it at home.

This is an exceptionally fine example of the popular 521/16 model which Zeiss-Ikon introduced in Germany in 1937.  It’s the top-of-the-line version which features a Zeiss Tessar lens and Compur-Rapid shutter. The lens and body serial numbers (G47473 & 2317637) indicate that this camera dates from 1938.

This camera has been carefully Cleaned, Lubricated and Adjusted. The leather bellows are supple and light tight. The view finder is clean and clear. Everything works as it should. The top-of-the-line Compur-Rapid shutter works well and all speeds (B & 1sec - 1/500th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along smoothly and the fast ones are clean and snappy. Unusual for this era, the shutter is synchronized for flash.  It’s been re-adjusted & tested and now works with a normal electronic flash. (Rather than flash bulbs.) Your flash will fire correctly at any desired shutter speed. This is of course a very convenient feature for flash fill.

The Carl Zeiss f3.5/75mm Tessar lens is in exceptionally fine condition. It’s a famous design with four elements in three groups. The glass is clean and clear. There are no scratches or cleaning marks. There are no separated elements, crystallization or haze and it’s capable of producing lovely photos modern color and B&W films.

It comes complete with a vintage camera case.

All in all a very fine, enjoyable 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 that you had a classic medium format camera with you...


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