Zeiss Super Ikonta 532/16

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by dustym, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. dustym

    dustym Member

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    Just recieved it and I am gob smacked, what a beautiful piece of kit, okay it shows signs of wear etc , but the design and the asthetics (if thats who you spell it) shout and scream quality
    Im a very happy Lad,
    Now for some film and a test.

    Dusty
     
  2. sajianphotos

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    Congrats. It's a very good camera and a LOT of fun.
     
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    The guy I bought mine from sent it in a beautiful blue velvet lined box he made especially to sent it to me. He'd shot with it for over 40 years! Failing eyesight forced him to sell his cameras. I paid way too much, but he was happy it was going to be used and not just "collected" and I was happy to have all the good karma that came with it!
    -Bob
     
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    Hi, Do you guys find focusing and composing easy with this camera? Lusting for one, but curious because the viewfinder looks a bit on the small side.
     
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    Oh yeah, what about the ease of focusing with the focus wheel ?
     
  6. P C Headland

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    Purely personal opinion coming up here :smile:

    Of the ones I've looked through, both good and ratty ones, the viewfinder itself is not too bad, there are a lot worse around. What I found less easy to use (recalling handling one last weekend) is the RF patch is circular. If the camera is in good working condition, the focusing wheel is quite easy to use. Remember too that with these cameras you get 11 shots per roll, not the usual 12.

    I prefer the 531/16 and similar, i.e. the one without the rotating prism on the lens. This is more compact, has a nicer viewfinder and the rangefinder is more distinct. There is also the uncoupled RF Mess Ikonta. I have the 6x9 version (524/2) with a novar and it is a very good performer.

    The best viewfinder I have seen on a coupled RF classic folding camera is the Iskra. I'd guess that the Super Isolette, upon which it is based, is similar. If I had to select just one to keep, it would be the Iskra.

    Anyway, you can always get a good one and try it out, as you'll get back pretty much what you paid for it.

    Dusty, we await your images :smile:
     
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    Thanks P C Headland !
     
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    I find that focusing in daylight poses no difficulties at all, but past sunset I find it well nigh impossible.