Vintage Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta III(531/16) film camera
The Super Ikonta 531/16 is a folding camera in the Ikonta line, produced by the German company Zeiss Ikon. It takes 12 size 6x6 cm images on 120 type film roll. The Super Ikonta's are equipped with coupled rangefinders. It was generally sold as the Super Ikonta III.
This Super Ikonta model has an automated film transport stop and counting mechanism.
There are some notable differences with earlier Super Ikonta's.
First of all the fact that the Rangefinder system uses another principle. No longer is an (external) rotating wedge used but now the principle of a mirror and moving lens is used. The whole rangefinder is thus incorporated into the top cover.
Secondly the fact, the red window is no longer used for determining the start position of the film. Now the film is transported with the back open till the start arrows on the film back paper are at 2 white markers on the film-gate. Then the back can be closed and the film transported till that locks and the counter automatically sets to number 1.
Production period : 1953 to 1957
Format : 6 x 6 cm on 120 type roll film
Lens/Shutter combinations : Novar 3.5/75 mm lens in a Pronto-S VS or Synchrony-Compur shutter
Filter Size : 35.5mm screw and special 32mm slip-on
Flash synchronization : Socket on shutter, X-and M-synchronization.
Light meter system : none
Double exposure prevention : Yes
Rangefinder : Coupled, mirror and moving lens. Window combined with viewfinder window.
Viewfinder : reverse Galilean type, integrated in top cover
Color Finish : Black with chrome top cover and ornaments
Color Leatherette : Black
Dimensions WxHxD : 138x103x43 mm (folded)
Camera is in very good vintage condition and working well. Rangefinder is working well too. lens is in great condition as well. There are no light leaks on the bellows.