Found this little beauty on eBay Italia last night and slept on it. The price was very low and so I decided if it was still available today, I’d take a risk and grab it before someone else did.
It’s a Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 531A, a rare and highly collectable 6×4.5cm folder from the early 1950s. This one has the coated Zeiss Tessar 75mm f/3.5 mounted in a Synchro Compur MX shutter.
Let’s hope it’s as good in the hand as the picture shows….update to follow!
Just added a short write up on my Lads’s new Super Ikonta III Tessar f/3.5
A 60 year old classic 6×6 folder that needed some TLC!
Just added a short write up on the Rolleiflex Automat.
A 70 year old affordable gem now winging its way to my lad to play with!
It’s a great time to get into medium format photography. Seriously, the price of this complete Mamiya 645 system cost less than a mid range dSLR with kit lens.
This system includes:
- 2 x Mamiya 645 Pro bodies
- 2 x 120 Backs
- AE Prism Finder
- Power Winder
- Crank Winder
- 35mm f/3.5 N
- 45mm f/2.8 N
- 55mm f/2.8 N
- 80mm f/1.9
- 110mm f/2.8
- 150mm f/3.5 N
- 300mm f/4.5
All sourced from eBay over a couple of months for a total outlay of ~£1100. Most of these items are near mint with little signs of use. Just add film to taste!
Just added a section on Mamiya-Sekor Lens variations to help unravel some of the myths surrounding optical design and build quality.
Interesting to note that many of the N lenses have exactly the same optical design as their C predecessors.
I spent a wet Sunday afternoon mulling over various manufacturer’s film characteristic curves in order to determine where best to place a spot metered highlight or shadow reading to maximise respective detail retention.
Using the Zone system and placing highlights at Zone 9 and shadows at Zone 1, I calculated EV offsets for various negative and reversal film stocks.
Just updated the Yashica Mat page to show off the new Jade Green leather trim and rebuild!
Picked up this 1956 Rolleiflex 2.8E a few weeks ago and gave it a quick CLA before taking it on a 18 day – 3100 mile motorcycle trip around Europe.
I really enjoyed using it along side the iPhone and now have 4 rolls of film to develop (2 Tri-X and 2 Fuji Provia) to see how well it performed….I have high hopes….it’s a wonderful camera!
This 69 year old Rolleiflex just arrived and is currently being dis-assembled. It looks to be in relatively good condition for its age. Although the shutter is slow, self timer extremely slow, leather trim frail, mirror beyond redemption and lenses a little milky. This one should clean up nicely!