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Vintage Zeiss Cameras: Best To Date
#1
Over the last few years I've picked up four Zeiss folding medium format cameras built in the 1930's, they are as habit forming as potato chips and quiet reasonably priced if you're willing to take a chance on such old tech.

Some of my favorite shots from them to date:

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I hope someone enjoys them!
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#2
Did you take these?

Really digging the last shot but they're all wonderful. Great job.
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#3
Awesome photos the grain makes them all the more better too. How much would one of these cameras cost me?
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#4
I'm glad you enjoyed them.  Yes, I took these, the last one is a temple near Houston , TX .  The light rain falling that day really brought out the glow this old glass sometimes shows.  I've read the Zeiss plant in Jena never was able to get rid of the microbubles in the glass.  Here a couple more shots from that day:

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The Super Ikontas can go for anywhere from a little over $100 to around $400 on Ebay.  I bid on those offered by individuals who have picked them up at estate sales, etc. and can not vouch for their working.  So far, of the four I've purchased only one had an issue requiring a trip to a repair technician.  The most I've paid is around $150.  A trip to the fellow who cleans, lubes, repairs them etc. is ~$125 if needed.

Numbers 1,2 & 5 were taken with the Super Ikonta "A" 645, mine was built in 1934 per the lens serial number. It can literally fit in loose jeans pockets.  Number 3 was taken with a 6x9 Netter Ikon (non rangefinder) built in '37, these are much less expensive than the "Super Ikontas" that have coupled range finders.  The Ikon's typically have a Novar lens, as mine does while the Supers have the more expensive Tessar lenses.  Number 4 was taken with a 6x9 Super Ikonta, also built in '37 with Ilford Delta 3200 film rated at 800.  The rest are all Ilford PanF film.
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#5
Really love these photos you've taken! The vintage cameras have such a nice finish on them.

My favourite has got to be the statue of the old man on the bench listening to the kid play :)
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#6
These are awesome! The one with the statues is stunning!
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