Although there had been over 1.000.000 pcs of the Fotokor manufactured by GOMZ Leningrad, this Ica Ideal copy has become a rarity. The Fotokor ( “photo journalist” ) exists in many different versions. I have a early Nr.1 ( about 1931 ) in my collection. It is equipped with a VOOMP Anastigmat Ortagoz 1:4.5/13.5 in a Compur-shutter.
The later “1”- models ( about 1935 ) have a Ortagoz 1:4.5/13.5 lens in a GOMZ-shutter.
They are very solid made cameras, unfortunately I did not take a picture with them, but yours looks great ! Congratulations, you found a very well preserved piece of Russian camera history. Often you`ll find them in this condition ( I keep this one for spare parts ):
I realise this may not be that easy.. but I think I will give it a go!. Because 9x12cm film is as scarce as hens teeth I have been toying with the idea of modifying one of the Fotokors glass plate holders so 4x5 sheet film can be used..
Problem one: form the measurements I have already done it's clear the focus will be out by 5-8mm.
Problem two: cutting one of the holders down so the side are wafer thin.
Stage 1 go eBay shopping for some double dark slides. Stage 2 Remove the centre frm a Fotokor plate holder.