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REVIEW: Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 524/16

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2011-12-26


Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 524/16

Specs:

Lens:
Novar - Anastigmat 75mm
Aperture f/3.5 - f/32
Shutter: Prontor-SV
1/300 sec to 1 sec plus a Bulb setting

Takes standard 120 film
6x6
Double-exposure prevention
Rangefinder that is a big plus for these types of cameras.

Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 524/16

Image quality

I expekted allot more from this.
Its not a bad lens but at f/3.5 you have a little bit of sharpness in the middle then it very bad in the corners.
Stop it down one or two steps and it will preform good but still lack sharpness in the corners.

Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 524/16
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Zeiss Ikon Ikonta
                            524/16

Zeiss Ikon Ikonta
                            524/16
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Really sharp image so this can perform but even here you have those unsharp corners with is disappointing.


Build quality

Great quality and have a nice feel to it.


Conclusion

I really like this camera and for a medium format 6x6 this it as small as they get.
The built in range finder works really great but is a bit small and dark. Normalt not a problem but it can be hard to see in bad light conditions.

Thumbs up:
Small size
Range finder
Really sharp images if you stop it down

Thumbs down:
Corner sharpness is reallt bad
f/3.5 performs pretty bad



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Technical Info
Scanner: Epson V700
Film: Kodak Tmax 400
Developer: Kodak D76

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Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 524/16
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