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    Thanks for all the informative replies. I finally bit on a very nice condition Super Ikonta B (532/16) with a Zeiss Opton 2.8/80. The price was excellent, I think mainly because the film counter was hosed up--it was totally out of sync with the auto frame stop mechanism. Somebody had taken the dial cover off and didn't properly correlate frame #1 on the counter dial with auto frame stop #1 when it was replaced. It was a simple fix even for me, and the camera seems to work like a fine watch now. Bellows is perfect, all of the Compur Rapid shutter speeds appear to be correct, and the rangefinder is dead on checked against a tape measure. I shot a roll of 400VC this evening with it (it's what I had on hand, I definitely need to get some slower film for it--my meter was calling for 1/500 and up on several shots before the sun went down a little!). I shot everything at f8 to f16. When I get some B&W ISO-100 I'll try some comparison shots at different apertures.

    This is my first Zeiss folder, and I am highly impressed with the engineering and the build quality. I was also somewhat amazed at the weight--this thing feels like it was machined out of a solid block of steel, and it feels noticeably bigger and heavier in the hands than my Ansco Special R's. I just hope the 2.8 Opton lens lives up to its reputation and gives me good sharp images.

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    Well, this can be an exciting place to hang around. After following this thread I just ordered a used Russian Moskva 5 folder that takes 6x9 images on 120 film with a 4 element lens and coupled rangefinder. I've never been too fond of the square format and this camera was cheap, $25US plus shipping! I actually started in photography with my mother's Ziess Nettar folder. While I don't think I can go back that far (returning to focus by guessing the distance seems WRONG), I expect the Moskva 5 to feel rather nostologic! I like the idea of a one lens non-system inexpensive carry around camera :-)

    Tom

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    I've had the Moskva 5 for a few days now (shipping from the Ukraine takes a while). What a FUN little camera. The test negs are sharp and the shutter is very reliable. I will enjoy using this. It won't replace my Pentax67, but will go with me places I don't want to carry that big system. This is all a camera needs to be: a light-tight box with a lens, aperture, shutter and film advance :-)

    Tom

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