My latest purchase - my reward to myself for selling four photographs in a recent exhibition.
It is clearly an early Ikonta 35 - no accessory shoe and the tripod boss is on the top of the camera (!). I have a film loaded ready for the morning. I have tried it with a length of scrap film and it seems to work ok with an occasional hiccup when winding on.
it is a 522/24 body number Q81649 lens is a Novar 4.5 cm shutter is Prontor S Focus scale is in metres rather than feet although it is an official import (states 'Made in Germany')
After the body number is an asterisk - can you tell me what this means?
Last Edit: May 4, 2014 16:19:10 GMT -5 by Peltigera
Looks nice condition, I have one that is a little dog eared, it came from a 50P January sale box in a camera shop! It works though...and has an even more dog eared case......all the stitching had failed. Stephen.
Hmm, a Rodenstock lens. Zeiss couldn't make enough Tessars after the war and bought lenses from Rodenstock and Schneider. When a rangefinder was integrated they dropped the name Ikonta and called it the Contina. The number 522/24 was also the model number of the Contina 1.
In common with other German manufacturers new models sort of evolved as pre-war parts stock was used up and small improvements were made.
Nice little camera!
I'm pretty sure that isn't a tripod socket on top. There was something screwed into it at one point with the same slotted head as the film reminder on the opposite side. If my memory is correct there should be a small peg to hold the film cartridge in position indide the camera underneath it.
Check its light proof before you use it.
Last Edit: May 4, 2014 17:57:11 GMT -5 by philbirch: more info
Certainly looks like a tripod boss, Phil, and there is no tripod boss anywhere else on the camera. The later Ikonta 35 - the one with the accessory shoe - has the tripod boss on the hinged lens door and the instructions talk about removing the cover from the tripod boss before fixing the camera to a tripod - perhaps the thing you are thinking about is the tripod boss cover.
The bellows seem to be light proof - the test film will tell me for sure - and the back fits well with no light seals to go gooey like more modern cameras have.
This is an early one, no accessory shoe, focal distance in cm; and an export version (feet).
Cameras with an asterisk following the bodynumber are thought to be assembled (partly) from pre-war inventory. They are known with the letters P, Q, and O.
The Novar lens was bought in by Zeiss Ikon because Zeiss-Opton couldn't meet the demand (also because Zeiss prefered selling Tessars to Rollei for a higher margin...). Only for collectors: try to find a 522/24 with a Schneider Xenar lens. Schneider was allowed (better, enforced!) to engrave their brandname/number on the front lens. Zeiss Ikon abandoned Schneider as soon they could...
Certainly looks like a tripod boss, Phil, ... the instructions talk about removing the cover from the tripod boss before fixing the camera to a tripod - perhaps the thing you are thinking about is the tripod boss cover...
Ahh, obviously thats what it is. Damn funny place to have one! I actually looked on Mike Butkuss's site but no manual there.
I have now bought a new one of these - a slightly later version. This one has an accessory shoe and an updated Prontor S shutter (synchs for X, M and F), otherwise the same. The tripod boss is still on the top plate. There is a small plaque on the back that says 'Photo Prien Kiel) which seems to be a photographic studio that is still in business. Downside is that someone has attempted a repair and has damaged the thread the film advance knob fits on, which is currently detached.
Nice feature is the every ready case which has a film advance knob on the underside that meshes with the one on the camera and also there is a tripod boss on the underside of the case so you do not have to use the one on the top of the camera.
For Hans: Body number is N56063 Lens is a Novar - 45 mm rather than 4.5 cm and no serial number.
Inside the camera by the door catch is a further number : E108 (my first Ikonta 35 had E69 in the same place). What is the significance of this number?
Last Edit: Jul 18, 2015 9:06:02 GMT -5 by Peltigera