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Super Ikonta

The Super Ikonta is a top quality line of self-erecting folding rollfilm cameras with coupled rangefinders. Available from 1934 until about 1960, they were never really marketed towards professional photographers, but rather to affluent amateurs. With their top notch lenses, large image size and precise rangefinder focusing, they are capable of making superior images even by today's standards, and they are coveted by users and collectors alike, especially the later models with Synchro-Compur shutters.

Like many Zeiss product lines, they couldn't just create a system of naming the models and stick with it. Initially there were four models. The Super Ikonta A was 4.5 x 6cm, the Super Ikonta B was 6 x 6cm and the Super Ikonta C was 6 x 9cm, all on 120 film. There was also a Super Ikonta D for 6.5 x 11cm on 616 film. Sometime in the mid-1950's they changed the naming of the lineup. The Super Ikonta A became the Super Ikonta I, the Super Ikonta became the Super Ikonta II, and models III and IV were added. The Super Ikonta C was discontinued, the Super Ikonta D had been long discontinued.

Some of the early model Super Ikonta cameras with the less expensive lenses were called Super Ikomats. Also, a 1936 version of the Super Ikonta B destined for the European market was marked Super Six.

Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta A

Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta B, Super Six and Super Ikonta BX

Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta C

Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta D

Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta III and IV