Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta
My aging uncle just gave me his "Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 533/16" camera. Though I haven't ran film through it yet, initially fumbling with the controls looks like mechanically it is sound; all the shutter speeds 'work', though the slower speeds on the Compur Rapid shutter appear to be *really slow* (like 1/5 sec looks more like a full second.) So it may need a CLA, but appears very clean. The lens is labelled "Carl Zeiss Jena Nr. 2576202 Tessar 1:2,8 f=8cm", so I'm hopeful of excellent image quality with this Zeiss Tessar lens.
My question pertains to the metering system. The meter appears to 'work', in the sense that it renders a response to light, and the extinguishing system (one turns the exposure knob to make the meter needle move) appears to function; however, I'm not familiar with the notation on the meter window. There's a diamond shaped symbol at the top of the meter scale, which I'm assuming one would align with the needle to achieve a 'normal' exposure; then the scale reads: 2,5,10,20,40, followed by a "." dot symbol. I'm not familiar with this notation or number sequence; perhaps it relates to the DIN system? Any help you can provide would be appreciated.
I might also mention that, upon opening the camera, the bellows appears in good shape, though I haven't tested it yet for pinhole leaks. The image frame inside the camera appears to be square format, yet the stamped notation on the inside of the camera door reads "Zeiss Ikon Film B2-6x9 *2 1/4 x 3 1/4 in*"
This is interesting, as the stamped information on the door appears to conflict with the appearant square film format. Also, the frame counter system goes to 12 exposures only, consistent with the 6x6 format. Any ideas on the discrepancy of the door information? I don't think it was replaced by a door from another model, as the leatherette covering, and metal finish, appears to exactly match the rest of the camera. Perhaps Zeiss used one door for all their different formats of Ikon cameras?
Well, once I figure out the metering I'll run a roll of 120 through it (yes, it appears to be 120, and there's already an empty 120 film spool on the supply side, despite the "533/12" model nomenclature, and the observation that my uncle thought film was no longer available for this camera.)