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Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta B, Super Six
and Super Ikonta BX
The Super Ikonta B and Super Ikonta BX are 6x6cm self-erecting folding cameras using 120 film. Unlike
the Super Ikonta A, C and D cameras, they are a
horizontal design. All feature a rotating wedge rangefinder, with the rotating wedge on an arm attached
to the lens standard, but unlike the Super Ikonta A, C
and D, it doesn't fold for storage.
The first model was the Super Ikonta B 530/16, introduced in 1935. It has separate viewfinder and
rangefinder windows, and was usually fitted with an 80/2.8 Tessar in Compur Rapid shutter, although it
can occasionally be found with a 80/3.5 Tessar.
A version of the Super Ikonta B marked "Super Six" was sold in 1936, with the European
tripod thread and marked only in meters. It is uncommon
In 1937 the Super Ikonta B 530/16 was replaced by the 532/16. The big improvement was a combined
rangefinder and viewfinder. It was only available with the 80/2.8 Tessar. The shutter was Compur Rapid
until 1951, when the shutter was changed to Synchro-Compur. In 1948 the black enameled lens
standard was replaced with chrome. The camera was discontinued in 1956.
The Super Ikonta BX 533/16 was also introduced in 1937. It is essentially the same as the 532/16, but
with a selenium exposure meter similar to that used on
the Contax III mounted on the top, and with a chrome finished lens standard. In 1952 the size of the
meter was reduced, and the shutter was changed to Synchro-Compur.
The camera was discontinued in 1957.