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Here are two shots I took from the first two rolls through my Super Ikonta using its light meter. The film spacing was Ok for both rolls.
The first shot of the old house is with Pan F Plus, shot at ISO 50, developed in ID11 1+1.
The second shot of the parking lot during the snow storm was shot with FP4 Plus, shot at ISO 125, developed in ID11 1+1.
Love the textures on the first shot! How do you like the Ikonta compared to the Super Isolette? Did you buy it from Jurgen?
Yes I bought both from Jurgen, and unlike what others have experienced I had no problems.
I like both of them, they both load easy, and have no problems with frame spacing. The Super Ikonta is smaller and has a working light meter that seems accurate when compared to a reading from my Gossen Digisix. Time will tell which one I will shoot more with.
I'm looking to get a folder also -- I'm vacillating between the Super Ikonta III/IV, the Super Isolette and the Super Baldax.
How do you find the usability of the Super Ikonta with the LVS shuttter? Is it annoying to set shutter/aperture?
How do the viewfinders/rangefinders compare? What about ergonomics of focus and film advance?
Your photos really show how good is that camera!! I like very much the first shot, you must be happy with your little jewel, and... post a lot of images!!!
spiderfrank, Thank you and yes I am very happy with the results.
kermaier, I like both the Super Isolette and the Super Ikonta. I don't have enough images yet between them to tell if one is better than the other. They both are easy to load, the film advance is simple and accurate and operate about the same with the exception of the Super Ikonta having a light meter and match needle EI for setting aperture and shutter. At the moment i kind of like the LVS shutter and if I want to set them individually it is a simple matter of lifting the flat spring at the front to decouple and slide the aperture to a different setting.
The Super Ikonta is smaller and lighter and fits in a coat pocket easier.
Two weeks ago I was offered two cameras. One a Rolleiflex MX and another was the Super Ikonta IV. I took both.
The Ikonta seems to function very well and it has it's second roll of film in it now. The LVS system is acceptable, to me, and the meter seems to be accurate. ( but I like to use a handheld meter anyway.) It is relatively lightweight and really easy to use. The lens is a f3.5, which a lot of them (all?) seem to be. The rangefinder is great.
I've managed a comparison:
I also have a Super Ikonta B (MX) with the coated Opton lens as well. I've had this camera for about a year now. It is somewhat heavier than the IV. The rangefinder on the B is dim compared to the IV but the lens is a f2.8. This thing is solid.
I bought a Certo 6 off the big auction site about two years ago. The best thing going for the camera is a far better lens than the front cell focussing Ikontas and has parralax correction. If you can live with issues like not being able to close the camera with the lens cocked this is a good camera.
I'm convinced that the Super Ikonta iii and iv are the camera of choice for all round good behavior. Lightweight, nice looking, great lens and focusing system, great ergonomics.
I will try for a Super Baldax next. I've only seen them on the net, never held one or seen one in real life.
I'd be very interested to hear experiences with a Super Baldax -- that also sounds like a great camera in the same spec range as the Super Ikonta III and the Super Isolette.
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