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REVIEW: Zeiss Ikon Ikonta M 524/16

Zeiss-Opton Tessar

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-06-03

Zeiss Ikon Ikonta M 524/16 - Zeiss-Opton Tessar

Introduced around: 1950s

Specs:


Lens: Zeiss - Opton Tessar 75mm f/3.5
Closest Focus: 1.2m (3.9ft)
Aperture: f/3.5 - f/22
Shutter: 1/500 to 1s + B (Bulb)
Copal Leaf shutter from Synchro-Compur
Light meter: None
Battery: None
Flash: PC sync.
Weight: 630g

Double-exposure prevention
Uncoupled Rangefinder

Takes 120 film
6×6 cm negative size.


Viewfinder:

Very simple and fairly small but do the job.



Image quality


Analogue B&W film

Zeiss Ikon Ikonta M 524/16 - Zeiss-Opton Tessar
Zeiss Ikon Ikonta M 524/16 - Zeiss-Opton Tessar
Zeiss Ikon Ikonta M 524/16 - Zeiss-Opton Tessar
Zeiss Ikon Ikonta M 524/16 - Zeiss-Opton Tessar
Zeiss Ikon Ikonta M 524/16 - Zeiss-Opton Tessar


Bokeh
Zeiss Ikon Ikonta M 524/16 - Zeiss-Opton Tessar
Zeiss Ikon Ikonta M 524/16 - Zeiss-Opton Tessar


Flare
Zeiss Ikon Ikonta M 524/16 - Zeiss-Opton Tessar


Build quality

Very good and are all metal and
solid.
 
Operating
Zeiss Ikon Ikonta M 524/16 - Zeiss-Opton Tessar

Conclusion


One of my favorite 6x6 folding camera at the moment and I love the simplisity of this.
Everything is very manual but you still have the basic stuff that one would like.
Which would be a rangefinder and double-exposure prevention, what more can one need.
This simpleness makes this a very reliable camera but not a fast one to use.

Image quality are great, renders very well and are sharp.
Some corner softness are there but fairly little.

These are built like a tank like most cameras from the 50s.

It has a uncoupled rangefinder which means that it have two small viewfinders at the back.
One for the the rangefinder and the other are the normal viewfinder.

The rangefinder is operated by turning a little ring just to the right of the shutter button.
This work like any rangefinder and this little ring tells you the distance to the object that you focus on.
You then need to manually set this on the lens.
Works very well and I rarely miss focus but are very slow to use.
The Bokeh shot of the two lambs shows that.
They was very curious and I found a little moment when they stood still but a missed focus a little.

So you do need time when you use this camera.


Thumbs up:
Good image quality / Feel
Bokeh / Flare
Great build quality
Portable and fairly lightweight

Thumbs down:




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Technical Info
Scanner: Epson V700
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400
Developer: Kodak D76

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