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Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex IIa

Introduced in 1951, the first Zeiss postwar TLR design was the Ikoflex IIa. Feature-wise, it was a continuation of the Ikoflex II. Initially the housing surrounds the taking lens, and comes up just slightly short of halfway up the viewing lens, with the windows for the aperture and shutter sppeed settings on either side of the lens. The lens was a 75/3.5 Tessar in Compur-Rapid, and the camera had flash synch.

In 1953 the camera was restyled, with controls for the shutter and aperture as wheels located on each side of the lens housing, and the viewing windows combined above the taking lens. The lens becomes a Opton-Tessar, and is mounted in a Synchro-Compur shutter. And the nameplate changes from the typical flat style to the new style with rounded corners and raised edges.

Boith cameras carried the same product code 855/16, and was discontined in 1958.

The Ikoflex IIa early version.

The Ikoflex IIa later version.