Baby Ikonta - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Baby Ikonta

1931

Zeiss-Ikon A. G.

Dresden

Germany

Image of Baby Ikonta

Lens:
f6.3, 50 mm Novar, iris diaphragm to f11.

Shutter:
Derval, pivoted two-blade, between-the-lens, speeds 1/25, 1/50, 1/75, B, T.

Construction:
Leatherette covered metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
16, 4 x 3 cm exposures on A8 (127) roll-film.

Focusing:
Front-cell to 3' 6".

Attributes:
Frame finder.
Film advance indicated by red window, not coupled to shutter.
Self-erecting front.

With:
Instructions. Case.

Code Names:
520/18E.

Baby Ikonta

1931

Zeiss-Ikon A. G.

Dresden

Germany

Image of Baby Ikonta

Lens:
f3.5, 50 mm Novar, iris diaphragm to f16.

Shutter:
Compur Rapid, speeds 1 - 1/500, B, T. Serial no. 4120925.

Construction:
Leatherette covered metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
16, 4 x 3 cm exposures on A8 (127) roll-film.

Focusing:
Front-cell to 3'.

Attributes:
Frame finder.
Film advance indicated by red window, not coupled to shutter.
Self-erecting front.

Serial Number:
B23424 .

Notes:
Retailer's stamp on instructions: Oscar Hirrllinger, Stuttgart Langstr. 23; Filiale Konigstr. 1 (Marstall).

With:
Instructions. Case.

The Ikonta was a cheap but well-made folding roll-film camera. When the 16-on Baby was introduced it was available with either an f6.3 or f4.5 Novar in a Derval Shutter. Within a short time the lens and shutter range was extended to include Tessar lenses of f4.5 and f3.5 and Telma, Compur and later Compur Rapid shutters (for the f3.5 lenses). The price of the first example, shown above, was £3.7.6.

By the late 1930s the range had been rationalised and only the more expensive models survived.

Code Names:
520/18.

References & Notes:
BJA 1932, pp. 552, 283. BJA 1933, p. 540. BJA 1934, p. 555. BJA 1935, p. 541. BJA 1936, p. 547. Minit&Cine, 1938, p. 85. Goodyears Cat. 1933, p. 2. ZI Cat. 1936, p. 13. ZI Cat. 1937, p. 16.

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