The Super Ikonta A, Zeiss Ikonta's smallest 120 film folder.
|The Super Ikonta as it appeared in ebay|
It is equipped with a 7cm f3.5 Tessar in a Compur shutter. At the time it was sold, this was the top of the line in 4.5X6cm 120 size roll film cameras. The rangefinder uses a rotating wedge mechanism coupled to the front element of the lens. These cameras were not cheap and even today Super Ikontas in good condition generally sell for well over $100 on ebay.
The 4.5 X 6cm format has a certain appeal to me. Large enough to be medium format, but still small enough to allow compact lenses and a compact camera body. The extra frames on a roll of 120 film is a nice plus.
So when I spotted this Super Ikonta A on ebay for only $50.00 (US) I took note. As you can see in the first picture, the condition was not promising, but I decided to take a chance and bought it.
Several hours of labor using saddle soap, leather restorer, a soft toothbrush, toothpicks, Q-tips, lens cleaner, lens tissue and soft cloths and I had what you see here. Oddly enough, it came with two 620 spools, which I promptly sold on ebay.
Bellows is still light-tight. Shutter is reasonably accurate, lens is clear. Everything as
works as well, except the frames of the albada finder are badly faded and the rangefinder is dim. Still a great picture taker. And results? Nice, sharp pictures with plenty of contrast and depth.
|Quechee Gorge, Vermont|
|Scott and Charlotte at Quechee Gorge|