Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 531A on its way!

Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 531AFound 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!


Complete Mamiya 645 System for the price of a mid range dSLR?

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.

Mamiya GASThis system includes:

  • 2 x Mamiya 645 Pro bodies
  • 2 x 120 Backs
  • AE Prism Finder
  • WLF
  • 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!


Exposing for Shadows or Highlights on Film

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.