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Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex II (852/16) - Camera

Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex II (852/16) - Camera

Manual focus TLR camera released by Zeiss Ikon in 1938. This model was originally called the Ikoflex III but became the Ikoflex II when the actual III released in 1939. It was more of an incremental improvement over the original Ikoflex II rather than a totally new model. There were a few combinations of lenses & shutters available. Metal body available in black/silver.

  • Taking lens: Carl Zeiss Jena 7.5cm f3.5 Triotar (3 elements, 3 groups) or 7.5cm f3.5 Tessar (4 elements, 3 groups)
  • Viewing lens: Sucher-Anastigmat 7.5cm f3.5 Teronar
  • Minimum focus distance: 1m
  • Shutter: Compur or Compur-Rapid leaf, 1s - 1/300s + B
  • Size: 143 x 95 x 88 mm
  • Weight: 1048g
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Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) cameras are defined by having two lenses. One lens is used for taking images and the other is for viewing, focusing, and framing your photos. The lenses are synchronized and the same focal length to allow for proper framing and focusing.

Normally, the viewing lens redirects light upwards towards a waist level viewfinder and the lower lens exposes the film using a built-in leaf shutter. Because of the way this system works the image in the viewfinder is flipped horizontally, which can take some time to get used to. There are also slight differences in framing between the two lenses that can affect images at close focusing distances.

Most TLRs take 6x6cm images on 120 medium format roll film, although some could also use now-discontinued 220 film. Many companies made TLRs, including Yashica, Minolta, and Zeiss Ikon. The most famous TLR brand, though, is Rollei.

The Rolleicord and Rolleiflex cameras are the definitive TLR designs, with all others taking major inspiration from them. These cameras pair world-class build quality with legendary Carl Zeiss & Schneider-Kreuznach lenses to make an excellent, if expensive, camera.

TLRs are iconic ”old school” cameras, used as the primary camera of journalists and documentary photographers for decades before 35mm SLRs took over. Most people will recognize a TLR as an ”old camera” and many will be intrigued by its strange (by today’s standards) two-lens design.

DHW Fototechnik is still making Rolleiflex TLRs today in Germany.

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Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex II (852/16) - Camera Availability & Price History
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31 May 2024 T71088 € 40.00 Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex II (852/16) - Camera Image