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Superb! 1938 Zeiss-Ikon Ikonta 6x9, with Tessar lens, CLA'd, Freshly Serviced! - Zeiss-Ikon- Petrakla Classic Cameras


Superb! 1938 Zeiss-Ikon Ikonta 6x9, with Tessar lens, CLA'd, Freshly Serviced!

$ 325.00 USD

Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use

This is a freshly serviced 1938 Ikonta. 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 large prints, very 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 Zeiss-Ikon camera in exceptional condition. The serial number, G65119 indicates that it was produced in Germany in 1938 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. (If you look closely on the photos you can even see the two black screws on either side of the viewfinder that could be used to hold the Super Ikonta’s rangefinder unit.) Needless to say, this is an excellent 6x9 camera.

The excellent performance of this camera is due to its old world, quality build and the fact that it has the same fine lens and shutter as the Super Ikonta. Additionally this Ikonta has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted.  What’s especially nice is that this camera is the top of the line model. The Compur-Rapid shutter works smoothly and all speeds (B & 1 sec - 1/400th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along smoothly and the faster ones are clean and snappy.

The lens is a Carl Zeiss f3.5/10,5cm (105mm) Tessar. The Tessar is a classic design with four elements in three groups. This lens is in exceptionally fine condition. There are no scratches, no cleaning marks. The glass is clean and clear and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color and B&W films.

All in all a wonderful classic camera. If you’ve been looking for a very fine prewar camera to work with regularly, then you’ve just found it. 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.


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