Post by biscuiteater40 on Mar 22, 2017 20:02:35 GMT -5
Hello everyone, I am getting ready to use my grandfather's Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 520/2 this weekend. First off I was hoping someone could help me with the possible age? Serial # S71042 Second, does anybody know what the distance difference between the near and far lens setting would be? I will post the pictures once I get them developed. Thanks in advance. Here are a couple pictures of it:
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Your Ikonta can be dated 1931. Ikonta's were sold with different options, the main distinguishing option is the lens type. Your Ikonta is a 520/2 A fitted with cheapest option, a Frontar. The camera is first mentioned in a product brochure dated May, 1931. It sports a Frontar 1:9 f=12cm in Spezialverschlusz (1/25 second and B), costing 68 Reichsmark. (the most expensive 520/2 with Tessar and Compur-S shutter did cost 220 Reichsmark.
The Frontar (ex Goerz) is a simple meniscus lens with two diafraghm settings 1:9 and 1:16. It has only two distance options: short (nah) and infinity (fern) (well, hyperfocal distance...)
Post by biscuiteater40 on Mar 23, 2017 5:18:28 GMT -5
Thank you so much for the information. I was looking all around and rarely saw the Frontar lens on similar body styles. Given the more simplistic style of the lens I thought it may have just been an earlier version. Great information.