Here's the scoop.
Recently I purchased a new camera.
It's a Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 523/16 folding camera, made in 1954. Yes 1954!
That was the era where they built camera's that last forever. This Zeiss camera is a full metal bodied design and takes 120 film. Which makes it still very usable today. O and it takes square 6x6 photographs. Move over Instagram.
After some needed TLC I have to say, this thing is pristine. As far as I can see it, this camera is still working perfectly. At first, the shutter was a bit sluggish but think about it for a second, how do YOU feel when you just woke up from a good nights sleep? You wouldn't be to active either. Right?After about 50 actuations all is well though.
So after the TLC and fondling session yesterday I've put some film in there and did my first snaps with this 57 year old camera. All is working very well and I am super pleased. A good $70 spent I'd say.
The camera came in it's own leather case and leather accessories case that attaches to the strap and holds a sun cap (o yeah this is metal too, you know German over-engineering) and 2 glass filters (red and yellow).
The viewfinder is a funky one. You are basically looking through a glass tunnel not a rangefinder (the 533 has a rangefinder) and you guess the framing. I still have to find out how precise it is too.
Focussing happens or ... not happens by rotating the front element. It is a zone focussing system so there's a bit of guesswork involved too. But after you dialed in the ƒ stop you can read the 'zone' on a scale and that should be accurate enough. Then you cock the shutter by pulling this little leaver on the lens (it has a leaf shutter) and actuate it on the usual spot on the camera.
Then you forward the film by rotating the big knob on the side while watching the numbers go by in that little red window on the back. All very straight forward. All very oldskool too.
Now here's hope on no light leaks in the bellows or in the back.
OK let's get back on track here. You came here for a free print now did you?
Here's the deal. I need a nickname for this camera. Preferably something that rhymes with Ikon or Ikonta or even Zeiss. Or some old style funky name like 'Gladys' or 'Shirley' or something. Think 50's! Think women's names too! No need for an 'Alfred' or something.
Leave your submission in the comments below and make sure you register with the proper details (so I CAN contact you in case I pick your entry and YOU win).
The winner will receive a free signed and matted 8x10 B&W print of anything in my catalog. How does that sound? I will pay for everything. It will take up to 4 weeks to deliver the print though, so be patient.
The competition closes on Saturday October 20 11.59pm MST*.
That's it really. O and before I forget.
* Only entries on this blog count. So if you see this on any other social network, do comment and share, but make sure you put your entry here in the comments below.
I'm gonna say you'll have to call "him" Ike ... // Cheers, Nathan (Wirth)ReplyDelete
I know she's a bit blocky but don't you name her a him Nathan! :DDelete
Thanks for entering buddy.
Funky 50's women's name - - ImaReplyDelete
(as in...Ima Ikon)
I also like Trixie.
Trixie huh.... I like thatDelete
Heidi! Ha. Awesome suggestionDelete
I'd say Tonka because it looks like a very sturdy camera:ReplyDelete
I explain it better... Tonka just like my toy metal truck that survived all these years without a scratch. Just like this camera.
Great buy, definitely. Congrats!
I have to say Norma Jean after Marilyn Monroe because she was beautiful and she could have been snapped with such a camera in the day. or you could call her Monroe.....ReplyDelete
as she said... (“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” ) Nice find, by the way.... you can find me on G+
Sherrie von Sternberg
Thanks for all those awesome quotes Sherrie!Delete
She was a beautiful woman for sure.
"Daguerre" after the genius he was.....ReplyDelete
here is my suggestion: aliceReplyDelete
Sweet Georgia Brown (I understand it's black but the case is brown at least).ReplyDelete
For some reason Ikonta reminds me of Jacinta (spanish for hyacinth I think) especially if you pronounce the J as a Y. Too bad I can't think of any good Deutsche names right now...ReplyDelete
Cool camera, look forward to seeing some shots!ReplyDelete
Not really retro (more like cyberpunk) but, as a huge fan of William Gibson, I would name the camera after Tally Isham, a media star of the future with her Zeiss Ikon eyes.
Klaudia. With a K.ReplyDelete
or One-Eyed Josephine.
I like Klaudia, Paul!Delete
Due to Carl zeiss I would name it "carlotta" :)ReplyDelete
O yeah. I see where you come fromDelete
Nicola, Nic (Ikon-Nic)ReplyDelete
Nikon rhymes with Ikon- probably wouldn't work, how about "Old Time Religion"ReplyDelete
After Grace Kelly (Hitchcocks Rear Window 1954)
failing that...she looks like a Doris :)
Two great submissions Andy!Delete
She's no monster Luke! You are out. :pDelete
(For everyone else, we are friends)
Miss Kitty... after Kitty Forman, the mom from that 70's show. Has a bit of an old school pinup ring to it as well! And she is f-ing awesome!ReplyDelete
Yvonne, rhymes with Nikon, popular name in the 50's and is a womans's name! :-)ReplyDelete
And it was my grandmother's name too. You struck a chord Kevin.Delete
konba kilo!!What a great nameReplyDelete
How about Bonnie or Shirley? Or Sherry! Rhonda almost rhymes with Ikonta. :)ReplyDelete
Or Doris. I like Doris.ReplyDelete
my suggestion: "EVE" (The traditional meaning of Eve is "Living") and also is the beginning of "Eventual-gram" ....I think i made that up.ReplyDelete
how about "Orson", after that other film genius?ReplyDelete
Suppose your home country can join this conversation??ReplyDelete
This camera is a few years younger than me so I suggest: 'Chrissie'...
Many (rainy) greetings from Belgium, Olivier!
Beautiful camera .. what about calling it Zsa zsa .. after the actress Zsa zsa Gabor .........ReplyDelete
Kinda straightforward but //// Ikonika (rhymes with Ver-onika)ReplyDelete
how's about Kitty Cat? i don't know exactly why but Kitty Cat by Amon Tobin popped in my head while i was looking at it. specifically the line "kitty kitty cat, where'd ya get that?"ReplyDelete
Daisy. As in Daisy Duke from the Dukes of Hazards. The actress who played her, Catherine Bach was born in 1954.ReplyDelete
It's also playful and not too serious, which I think suits this gal.
well in honour of our friendship it should be named Suzette.ReplyDelete
BTW where are the full terms and conditions? Will there be a skill testing question? Olivier have we not drilled enough contests into you ;-)
I would call her Lady Zeiss.ReplyDelete
I have many names that came to mind but one theme sticks out for Oli.... So I went for..ReplyDelete
"Lady Instanot' or even the more German... 'NeinInsta' ......
Have a great day ....
... and so on ;)
...means eye. Hmm EYE-la, or Nina, Naina, Najila - all means eye (rangefinder I-kon etc).Ah, I give up!!ReplyDelete
She's obviously a Maggie (or Margareth)! The name immediately sprung to mind after reading your comment about her being a bit "blocky".ReplyDelete
Yo wanted OldSkool! '-)
only a classic for a such a beauty eye. "Betty, Betty Boop"
By the way this is Anne Marie' :) couldn't sign in for some reason :(Delete
By the way this is Anne Marie' :) couldn't sign in for some reason :(Delete
Lets try this again.ReplyDelete
My two cents
My favorite: GertrudReplyDelete
Jeanne, after Jeanne Moreau of course!ReplyDelete
Crap, just saw the cutoff date!!ReplyDelete
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