Ikonette 35

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The Ikonette 35 is a 35mm viewfinder camera made by Zeiss Ikon in Germany, c.1958-60. It had the Zeiss catalog number 500/24.

The Ikonette has an unusual grey curved body made of metal and plastic[1] with a large front-mounted combined shutter release and film advance lever. The top was flat, featuring only a recessed accessory shoe hidden by a sprung cover, and a cable release socket. Film was rewound by a recessed knob at the user's left side.

Reportedly, Zeiss recalled and destroyed many Ikonettes due to light leaks[2]. There are also reports of the camera being marketed for women.

There were earlier models using the Ikonette name, using roll film.


  1. Mike Elek's description
  2. McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover)., p.1052
  3. Ikonette user manual