|Ce qui différencie cet appareil des Super
Ikonta 530, c'est un compteur de pose, qui émet un clic très audible
lorsqu'on a avancé la suffisamment la pellicule pour être sur la prochaine
La traduction complète du texte anglais suivra bientôt
appareil est prototype Zeiss-Ikon d'avant guerre. Comme vous le savez peut
de Super Ikonta sont marqué Super Ikomat. Il est très difficile d'en
trouver en bonne condition. Mais ce qui fait de cet appareil un objet unique
c'est son compteur de pose externe opéré par un engrenage.
Text from the original auction:
This is a very early, prewar Zeiss-Ikon rangefinder
camera. As most of you probably know, a few of the early Super Ikonta
cameras were marked Super Ikomat. To find one of these in this good
condition is rather difficult enough. But what makes this camera truly
unique is that it is fitted with an external gear driven film counter.
of the cameras (especially the Contax) show evidence of constant running
changes in design, production techniques as well as modifications to boost
performance. Many of these subtle changes go unnoticed by the average
collector because they are hidden within the confines of the camera body.
However there is no subtlety in the camera we have
here. I’d never seen, heard or read of a Super Ikonta A with a film counter!
Discussing it with other collectors, neither have they, which leads us to
believe that what we have here is indeed a rare and rather well built
If you look at the photos, you’ll see that the film
counter is driven by a gear surrounding the film advance shaft. When the
film is advanced the counter dial with old fashioned ciphers rotates until
the following exposure is indicated. To announce that this point has been
reached there is also a soft but clearly audible “click”. Very handy under
low light conditions but it also allowed you to advance the film without
having to look at the camera or peer at the numbers behind the normal ruby
red windows. Perhaps we’ll never know what the intent was…convenient candid
photos or tactical photo reconnaissance. But what is clear is that this is a
very unique and useful piece of photographic history.
This Super Ikomat is a lovely medium format camera
that’s about the same size as a folding 35mm Kodak Retina and yet folds out
to take 16 beautiful 4.5x6 exposures on a 120 roll film. Bright exposures
alive with all the vivid details and rich saturated colors that only medium
format can provide. When it comes to photography, bigger is better and this
camera will produce a negative that’s more than three times larger than the
average 35mm snapshot. It’s a negative that will provide smooth fine grained,
high detail prints and amazing enlargements.
It has a built in coupled rangefinder that never
leaves you guessing about the distance or the focus.