Zeiss Iknota 521/16

Remember i wrote about getting a medium format folder, this is the one i got. A Zeiss Ikonta 521/16 with a F3.5 Tessar lens. Quite simple camera with just zone focusing, nothing extra about, quite a light camera compared with something like a Mamiya 645 or a TLR. The unfolding is absolutely cool, You just point the camera downwards and press the release. Both the lens and the finder just pop open.

This model was produced from 1948 to 1953, comes in many variations of the shutter and the lens. The Tessar version was the high end one. Carl Zeiss now exits as mainly a optics company producting besides camera lenses, but also many other optical products.

Since its a zone focusing camera, i did up a little hyper focusing chart to help me.

Behind that i put a little rangefinder card so that i can judge distances with it. At the bottom in reverse wordings are the shutter timing test that i did, so that i can roughly know how much to compensate, seems like mine is abt 1 stop off in the slower shutter speeds up to 1/50. I did the test using a microphone and some sound processing software.

Lets see what this can do when i put a few rolls through it.