Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 6x 4.5, 16 on 120 camera from 1931.
Arrived in the post, and needs a bit of cleaning, and some attention to the viewfinder, a Zeiss Ikonta 6x 4.5 format 16 on 120 film. Well used is the expression, but it all works correctly, the shutter is a Compur, and is accurate, the lens is a Novar F4.5 75mm, front focusing, and needs a good clean. Made to last, at 84 years old......
Still has a used Kodak VP B/W film inside, so not used for ages...... The paintwork need a bit of attention in places, and a total deep clean! The bellows are tired, but appear light proof. The shutter has T&B and 1sec to 500th, which all test as accurate within 10%. Apertures from F4.5 to F22, figures engraved direct on the front plate of the Compur, in very tiny script!
A spot of re-assembly, the viewfinder spring is there, with pivot rod, but has come out of the frame, needs adjusting to get the lens vertical as well. Nothing else requires attention, except paint and cleaning the lot. The struts snap open well, and the leatherette is reasonable.
Not sure of the year as yet, a spot of research needed, but seems like the late 1930's, the Compur may reveal the year.......... and, yes, it does, at 1931, for both the Compur and the Novar lens, .....so a lot older than I thought at first glance
Regrettably I can't find any trace of a body number, I checked all visible surfaces with a glass, nothing. Looks like they had no numbers on early 520 models.
I have repaired the viewfinder, a fiddle to do! Checked out the focus, all OK. I am not sure the shutter is the right way up, the cable release was partly covered by the strut.
It had been painted in places before, with matt black, so removed that with thinners and Brasso, and I will re-spray properly with gloss, later on, the black parts. Camera cleaned up very well, the lens has no scratches, no marks, and should work fine. It cost £14, not too bad for the type.
It has been finished with boot polish in the past, and that will remove with xylene thinners.
6mm x 4.5mm is a favourite film format of mine, I have three of the rival Ensigns, and yes, the Ross Xpres lens is better than the Zeiss Tessar! but only a fraction. The Zeiss 520 is quite a bit smaller than the Ensign. The Novar is only a three element lens, and not in the same league as the Tessar or the Xpres.
The Ikonta 520 camera came with a ready case on a shoulder strap, which I do not think is original, but the case may well date from the same period.
Last Edit: Sept 30, 2015 16:33:32 GMT -5 by Stephen
Thank you, I have traced some fresh film now, from Rollei, at 25 ASA, 120 roll, I do not know who is actually making it. Claimed by Rollei to be virtually grain free, should be at the speed, with 120 it should give good results.
The Novar surprised me with the sharpness, only a little fall off in light at the edges, which these days any graphics program can cure.
In this case, a little vignetting helps the authenticity and atmosphere, IMHO. Also, the Novars are always surprising - more in the positive way, than the negative - but you never can tell. My favourite Ikoflex has the Novar, it gives a bit more softness which the Tessar lacks. Hans