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REVIEW: Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta B 532/16

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2012-02-07


Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 532/16

Made between 1937-56
One of the best medium format cameras you could own in the late 30s


Specs:


Lens: Zeiss - Opton Tessar 80mm f/2,8
Aperture: f/2,8 - f/22
10 bladed aperure
Shutter: Compur Rapid
1/400 sec to 1 sec plus a Bulb setting

Takes standard 120 film
You get 11 6x6 images per roll
Automatic film advance stop
Double-exposure prevention
Built in range finder in the viewfinder that is very easy to use.


Image quality

This lens is bearing the famous red T that Zeiss best lenses do.
But is it that good that one expect?
f/2,8
Center Sharpness
It has really good center sharpness even wide open
Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 532/16
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  f/2,8
Corner Sharpness

Like most of these type of lenses you have corner sharpness problems wide open.
And unfortunately this one suffers a bit from that as well.
Zeiss Ikon Super
                            Ikonta 532/16
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f/11
Stop it down and it's really great like one expect.
Zeiss Ikon Super
                            Ikonta 532/16
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f/16

Zeiss Ikon
                            Super Ikonta 532/16
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Bokeh
Really nice!
Zeiss Ikon Super
                            Ikonta 532/16
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Build quality

This is a class of its own.
The normal Ikona cameras have a great build quality, but this is even better.
But the downside to this is that its alot heavier.


Conclusion

I must say I enjoy using this camera. Its not perfect and there are some thing you wish was better.
But good things overshadow the bad things by miles.
Corner sharpness wide open is not the best and it feels like Zeiss overdid the lens so thy could sell a f/2,8 that was quite a big thing in the 30s.
If you compare this to the Novar - Anastigmat 75mm f/3,5 the Tessar lens is still a lot better at all apertures!

Thumbs up:
Build quality
Picture quality
Easy to use compared to many similar cameras

Thumbs down:
Corner sharpness wide open
11 images per roll



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Technical Info
Scanner: Epson V700
Film: Kodak Tmax 400
Developer: Kodak D76
And I used a tripod for all the images.

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Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta
                                      532/16



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