SUPERB! 1939 Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 6x6, Tessar lens, Freshly Serviced!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use!
This Super Ikonta was produced by Zeiss-Ikon in Dresden in 1939 just as WWII began. At the time it was the world’s finest 6x6 rangefinder camera and it would remain that way until the Zeiss-Ikon factory and 90% of the city of Dresden was destroyed by allied bombers in February of 1944. (Fortunately for photographers and camera enthusiasts, Super Ikonta production resumed after the war and this camera which was an absolute classic, remained in production until 1956.)
If you’ve never handled a 6x6 Super Ikonta, I think you’ll be awestruck by its quality. It’s not the cheap lightweight sheet metal camera you may have had as a kid. This is one of the very best classic rangefinder cameras ever produced. It was Zeiss-Ikon’s best and most expensive 120 roll film camera. It was constructed of solid die-cast metal, covered with fine Moroccan leather and trimmed in black lacquer and chrome. It had a built in coupled rangefinder that never left a photographer guessing about the distance or the focus. And it has a sophisticated film advance mechanism that automatically counted the exposures and locked the wind knob when enough film was wound. With a loaded camera this meant that all you had to do was take a photo, advance the film until it stopped and you were ready for another exposure.
This camera has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. The top of the line, Compur-Rapid shutter works smoothly and all speeds (T, B & 1 sec - 1/400th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along smoothly and the fast speeds are clean and snappy. The coupled rangefinder has also been serviced. It works smoothly and accurately. The bellows are in excellent condition and completely light tight.
The famous Carl Zeiss Tessar f2.8/80mm lens is clean and clear with no fungus, separated elements or other problems. There are no scratches or polishing marks and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color or B&W films.
All in all a very fine collectable classic camera that not only looks great, it deserves to be used regularly. What ever you do, load it with 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 brought a larger camera to help you to capture the view...