Ercona Lens Options

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  1. Chazzy

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    Would someone please tell me what the lens options are for the Ercona and Ercona II? Were they available with Tessars (or Tessar clones), or just with Novars?

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    Charles
     
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    Hi Charles,

    According to the catalogue "Riche Auswahl" (publication number III/18 211.Lt.1883/55), the Ercona, 6 X 9 folding camera (with mask for 6 X 6), was offered with these options:

    110mm/4.5 Novonar, in everset-type Priomat or Junior shutter;

    110mm/4.5 Novonar, in Tempor shutter;

    105mm/3.5 Yessar, in Tempor shutter.

    Hope it is of some help.
     
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    Thanks very much, Seele. I'm going to guess that a Novonar corresponds with a Novar and that a Yessar corresponds to a Tessar.
     
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    Charles,

    My typo: I meant a "Tessar" indeed, as Carl Zeiss Jena still retained the rights to the Tessar name at the time. Novonar was indeed a re-badged Novar and should be considered indentical.
     
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    Thanks, Seele. I've been watching eBay for an Ercona 2 with Tessar, but haven't seen any, so I wondered. I may just go ahead and get a Moskva 5.
     
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    Charles,

    The Ercona is pretty much a post-war Ikonta 6X9 of immediate pre-war design under a different name, when Zeiss Ikon Dresden found itself on the wrong side of the political railroad track, it might be easier to find a more common Ikonta perhaps?