Zeiss Super Ikonta IV

The Zeiss Super Ikonta IV was the last in the Super Ikonta series of folding cameras.  Unlike the more basic Zeiss Ikon Nettar the camera has a rangefinder and a lightmeter making easier to use. It takes 6x6cm images on 120 roll film, and was made between 1956 and 1960.


The lightmeter, now over 60 years old, is not very accurate and I usually use my handheld meter.  Setting the exposure is unusual, however.  On my handheld meter I select EV (exposure value) mode which gives me a single number.  You set this on the side of the lens.  This then fixes the shutter speed and aperture combination so that as you rotate the combined ring they change in combination.  It is actually a quick and easy way of working and surprisingly effective.  


This camera has quickly become my "go-to" medium format camera.  It is much less bulky than my Yashicamat, and a lot more convenient than my Zeiss Ikon Nettar or my Agfa Isolette II.  It was, however, something I was actively looking for and cost a moderate amount more than my chance charity shop finds.