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    Blog: Cycling with a Zeiss Super Ikonta A from 1938

    Hope this fits here. I just put up a blog on a test run with a "new" Zeiss Super Ikonta A I bought recently. It did very nicely. The blog and many images can be found here:

    http://charlestrentelman.blogspot.co...a-to-salt.html

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    Bottom line: It's not a bad little camera once you get past the viewfinder limitations.

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    Nice photos on your blog -- it's encouraging to see what can be done with cameras from decades past. I'm surprised your dog let you make the trip alone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trask View Post
    Nice photos on your blog -- it's encouraging to see what can be done with cameras from decades past. I'm surprised your dog let you make the trip alone!
    She's OK with me trying to kill myself.

    The thing with old cameras, to me, is the viewfinder. Why, when they were making them, didn't someone say "this is nice, but can't you make it bigger so I can see?"

    They're all so tiny, nearly impossible to use with glasses, especially.

    Unless people's eyes worked differently 80 years ago.

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    Nice!
    I love to see these prewar cameras being used. Kinda sorta like time travel with better film.

    Don't knock those dismal viewfinders, they're character building.

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    We didn't realize they were so small but just marveled at how great the lenses and cameras were.
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    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    Nice!
    I love to see these prewar cameras being used. Kinda sorta like time travel with better film.

    Don't knock those dismal viewfinders, they're character building.
    I"m definitely a character. Just ask the dog.

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    Nice photos and a nice ride! My two folders are early fifties vintage, so a bit younger, but they produce quite impressive results. I suppose they were the "pro-sumer" models of their era. I've had my Perkeo II out on my bike a couple of times.

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    Nice camera Charlie! Another camera manufactured under the auspices of the Third Reich. I just received my Kodak Duo Series II (620) the other day. I simply love it. Also being a 6x4.5cm, it was made in Stuttgart '37-'39. But unlike the Zeiss cameras, I have to re-roll 120 onto 620 spools. But, that just adds to all the fun. I'll have to make a plug about it once I've built up a portfolio of prints. I've been eye-balling the Ikonta 6x9s, but can't decide if I really need another camera.
    5x4, 4x5, Half-Plate, 5x7, 8x10, 6x7cm and 6X4.5cm

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    Excellent project and what more could anyone want from a camera that fits in a pocket?

    RR

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    Nice photos and bike. I need to go for a ride this morning before it gets too hot to go.
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