I have a Zeiss Ikonta 521/16 which my mom bought for me when I was about 14yrs old (early 1960's). The story was (as I suppose is often the case) "This camera was taken off a German officer during the war".The lens is a Novar 3.5 f7.5 cm and the body serial number is E94743. There is a SN on the shutter but it is hidden by the rivetted on f no scale and I can't see what it is. From the E serial number I suspect the camera could be pre war. Can anyone confirm this?
Looking at the visible part of the shutter SN (protruding from under the f scale) it appears to be: 12#2#14 (the # could be 0,6 or 8). The camera is a 521/16B (I didn't mention the B in my original post). Can anyone tell me the significance of the red dots, one just after 8 metres (focus) and the other one just before f11. In all the years of using the camera I never experimented by setting it on the red dots and taking some shots. Film and film processing now no longer exist in South Africa so I can't experiment now!
It is prewar indeed. When you put the distance and aperture on the red dots you have the oldfashioned point&shoot settings: max depth to infinity. Only the light conditions to care about:-) The B of the 521/16 is only used in English speaking countries to denote the 6x6cm negative format. Hans