ZI SI :)

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by bacsa, Mar 3, 2005.

  1. Although somewhat smaller than the Yashica GSN, the Super Ikonta is the one with the big picture. This funky, a bit stinky old guy cost me a grand total of ...no, i'm ashamed to tell you, but two digits only, and is in great working order. A brief cleaning of the novar anastigmat and the viewfinder, some rf adjustment and he's ready for action. I'll be back with the results.
  2. My Isolette was kinda funky/stinky too after years of sitting in its original leather case.

    After wiping it down with rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball it was fine. A little of the leatherette smell was left.
  3. Csab,
    I guess GAS (gear aquisition syndrome) is breaking out? Enjoy the SI, I have a standard one (521/16) also with the Novar and like it. Although nothing compares to a Rolleiflex :)
  4. Lex, I had a rolleicord with this smell. I left him sitting out on a shelf without case, for half a year, with occasional walk out there for a shooting day; the smell was completely gone. OK, the camera is also completely gone now (darn burglers) but the smell was gone a bit before. Kai - yes, i could not resist to such an offer :) But the 'flex will not miss any shots due to an ikonta. In fact i wanted a rectangular format (6x9 pr 6x4.5) folder but this is what came up... Here's a pic from the old Rolleiflex i bought from Kai. An Automat 2, w uncoated tessar 3.5, on NPH. (Flatbed print scan.)
  5. And another one. Featuring myself on a sunny sunday morning.
  6. Wow - I had no idea that GSN's were so BIG (I've never met one in person). Thanks for the comparison photo!

  7. I bought a Yashica GT to try out the highly regarded lens, and was surprised by the size AND the weight of the camera. Makes me appreciate my Perkeo 6x6 even more.
  8. I think a Super Ikonta with the Novar is actually fairly rare but relatively unwanted.

    I don't know about the Novar, but my vanilla Ikonta 521/16 with the prewar Tessar is killer sharp. I can't really compare blindly to my Rolleiflex shots though because the direction of the film travel (horizontal) gives away the Ikonta.
  9. I have seen some on e-bay lately (that went for much less than the tessar versions, of course) but i'm not a sharpness freak.

    However, i think the folding nature of these folders (sorry) - lens board parallelity, film flatness issue, alignment degradation over time) should result in less precise focusing over that large frame, than a solid un-dented TLR. With 50+ old cameras, the focus alignment precision should count much more than the differences between the lens designs, i'm sure of that.
  10. I've got a Novar on my 521/16 that does very nice work. Also have the hulking 532/16 Super Ikonta with a Tessar that is very good, but I almost never want to lug it around. I think your model is a much better buy given its portability.
  11. Stinky to one is aroma to another !
  12. Zeiss Ikon folders are pretty solid. A dented one might not be as true as a nice un-dented TLR, but an undented one will probably give it a run for its money.

    And yeah, the Yashica rangefinders were HUGE......

  13. Not all of the yashica's were so big. That's why i miss (stolen) my electro 35 CC with its 35mm f/1.8 lens and small sexy body. :(
  14. Csab,
    nice to see the 'flex is in good hands. Let us see some pictures of the SI soon!

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