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ZEISS IKON IKONTA BABY CAMERA 520/18, 1936

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ZEISS IKON IKONTA BABY CAMERA 520/18, 1936

The 520/18 is commonly referred to as the "Baby Ikonta". Apparently it was available from about 1932 until 1936. It was available with a 50/6.3 Novar, 50/4.5 Novar or 50/4.5 Tessar initially, and in 1936 with either a 50/3.5 Tessar or 50/3.5 Novar. These were very small and pocket-able, measuring only 4 inches (100mm) by 1.15 inch (30mm). Most examples found today show wear to the black paint trim, with the exposed metal showing signs of rust, from being carried around.

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  • The very first camera I bought, from Dollands in Manchester in 1948 for 7 second-hand. I won third prize with it in the Cambridge University Photographic Society Annual Competition in 1958 with a photo in the Austrian Alps. A super little camera which I still have, albeit rather dowdy now. f4.5 Novar lens, speeds up to 1/100 sec. Submitted 22/09/2012
    .......... Dr John Kershaw, Thropton, Northumberland UK, 22nd of September 2012

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