Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta A 531

Released 1937

This wonderful camera is one of the oldest in my collection, and yet I bought it specifically to use, not to look at. I wanted a medium format travel camera, because my medium format SLRs are too heavy to cycle with comfortably. This Super Ikonta folds up to a size barely larger than a modern digital compact, yet still produces 6×4.5cm negatives.

This camera was in quite bad condition when I bought it, but I had it restored. I wrote some notes about the Super Ikonta.

See all photos taken with the Super Ikonta A 531.

Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 531
Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 531

At a glance

Lens Tessar 7cm f/3.5
Film 120
Focus Coupled rangefinder
Meter None


  1. rorymcwilliams
    August 9, 2015

    Hi do you know the age. Im trying to date one and it appears as far as I can tell the same. Im assuming 1937.

    • August 10, 2015

      I found this website very helpful in looking at the different models. There are lots of Ikonta models, each with different features, different film size, different lenses but all looking quite similar. For me it was basically a process of elimination until I was sure it was a Super Ikonta A 531, which apparently is 1936-1953. You can then also compare the serial number of your lens with this table and narrow it down to a year. My lens, no 2064748, was made in 1937. Hope this helps!

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