Ikon Ikonta B 521/16 Medium Format Camera


Zeiss

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Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Bob Fowler 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 8/13/2005 12:21:38 AM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 8/13/2005 12:21:38 AM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 8/13/2005 12:21:38 AM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 8/13/2005 12:21:38 AM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 8/13/2005 12:21:38 AM
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
The Zeiss Ikon Ikonta B 521/16 medium format compact folder is a delight to use. The 6x6 square format on 120-size film makes this a very usable classic. Best of all, when folded, it fits in a jacket pocket with plenty of room for a couple of rolls of film and a small meter. The scale focusing 75mm f/3.5 Novar Anastigmat is single coated, so you have to be careful when shooting into the sun. On the bright side, the lens is quite sharp and its Gauthier shutter will sync electronic flash at any speed. Truth be told though, you won't want to use flash with this camera. Why clutter up your life with carrying any more than necessary when you can have medium format in your pocket? No, in this case some fast film is all you'll really need. As with all Zeiss Ikon folders, film loading is quite simple. The camera back is opened with a slide lock located on the left side of the camera (as viewed from the back). First, transfer the empty film spool from the feed side to the take-up side. Next, put a fresh roll of 120-size film in the feed well and thread the tab of the backing paper into the take-up spool, then wind a couple of turns and close the camera back. Slide the cover of the ruby window in the middle of the back to the left and watch for the numbers as you move the winding key. Stop when "1" appears in the window and you're loaded. Camera operation couldn't be easier. Just push a small button on the top of the camera and the front clamshell door opens, the lens pops into place, the viewfinder snaps open, and you're ready to start taking photographs. Simply cock the shutter by moving the cocking lever to the left (as seen from the front), set your shutter speed, lens aperture, and focus distance, then compose your shot in the open frame finder and press the shutter release. The 521/16 incorporated two major changes from the earlier 520/16 models, moving the film-winding key to the right side of the camera from the left, and double exposure prevention. Both of these improvements make operation of the 521/16 much faster than the earlier model. The 521/16 can be found with Gauthier, Prontor-S, and Compur-Rapid shutters. All of these are quite reliable mechanisms and usually only need a simple CLA to bring them back into top operating condition. Zeiss Ikon started making the Ikonta B 521/16 in 1937. They were produced until 1953, though production through the war years was somewhat limited. If you feel the need for a coupled rangefinder rather than simple scale focusing, look for a Super Ikonta. Be prepared however, to spend a lot more money than you would for an Ikonta B.
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