Ikoflex - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Ikoflex

1934

First Model

Zeiss-Ikon A. G.

Dresden

Germany

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Lens:
f6.3, 8 cm Novar Anastigmat, iris diaphragm to f22.

Shutter:
Derval, speeds - 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, B, T. Two-blade pivoted return.

Construction:
Leatherette covered metal body.

Format:
12, 6 x 6 cm exposures on BII or BMII roll-film (120, 620).

Focusing:
To 3 feet.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through second lens. Full-size ground glass focusing screen. Magnifier in hood.
Film advance by counter after initially setting to 1. Advance not coupled to shutter. Exposure counters re-set when film chamber is removed, two counters for BII and BMII spools.
Depth-of-field scale, exposure table on side of hood.

Serial Number:
Y12050 .

With:
Ever-ready case. Instructions.

Code Names:
850/16E.

Ikoflex

Model of 1935

Zeiss-Ikon A. G.

Dresden

Germany

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Lens:
f4.5, 8 cm Novar Anastigmat, iris diaphragm to f22.

Shutter:
Klio, speeds 1 - 1/175, B, T. Delayed action.

Construction:
Leatherette covered metal body.

Format:
12, 6 x 6 cm exposures on BII or BMII roll-film (120, 620).

Focusing:
To 3' 6".

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through second lens. Full-size ground glass focusing screen. Magnifier in hood.
Film advance indicated by counter after initially setting to 1. Advance not coupled to shutter. Exposure counters re-set when film chamber is removed, two counters for BII and BMII spools.
Depth-of-field scale, exposure table on side of hood.

Serial Number:
Y87751 (1934) .

With:
Upright box-type case.

This is the original model Ikoflex later known as the Ikoflex I. It was a low-cost twin-lens reflex, well-made and easy to use. When first introduced it was fitted with an f6.3 or f4.5 Novar lens in a Derval shutter. In 1935 the f4.5 lens was also available in a Klio or Compur Rapid shutter. In 1936 the model II was introduced and the earlier model phased out. In 1939 a new Ikoflex was introduced and also called a model I. The price in 1934 was 6.10.6.

The earliest versions have a ridged design on the font of the viewing hood. The following year the more usual leatherette finish was employed.

The design of the model I is novel; the film spools are vertical and each side of the lens. The film advance is by a lever on the front of the camera. The film counters are operated by the rotation of the tops of the film spools. The film chamber is completely removable and forms the base of the camera.

Code Names:
850/161K.

References & Notes:
BJA 1935, pp. 298, 553. BJA 1936, p. 549. BJA 1937, p. 553. ZI Cat. 1936, p. 24.

Further Information:
Lothrop, Century, p.115. Tubbs, ZI Cameras, p.75.

Illustrations:
Auer, History, p.193, early model.

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