Zeiss Ikon Kolibri

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The Kolibri 523/18[1] was made by Zeiss Ikon in Germany, c.1930-1932 and marketed until c.1935. It takes sixteen 3x4cm exposures on 127 film. The camera has a collapsible lens tube and is arranged in a vertical style (to take a horizontal picture), with a flip-up viewfinder on the top. On the right-hand side are the winding knob and a tripod bush. The lens has small "feet" on one side, so the camera would stand horizontally, and a strut can be fixed below the lens to balance the camera vertically. There are two red windows on the back, for the small image format. The camera came in a fitted case with two supplementary close-up lenses Proxar 1 & 2, which allow focusing down to 30cm, and a cable release.

  • Lenses: Carl Zeiss Tessar 5cm f/4.5, f/3.5 or even f/2.8;[2] Novar f/3.5, f/4.5, f/6.3 or Biotar f/2[3]
  • Shutter: Compur (1-1/300s + T & B) or Telma (1/25, 1/50, 1/100 + B & T)
  • Film: 127, 16 3x4cm images
Kolibri with strut attached and in fitted case
Zeiss Ikon Kolibri
images by Geoff Harrisson (Image rights)



Notes

  1. The name means 'hummingbird' in German.
  2. example with f/2.8 Tessar serial 1320361, seen offered for sale May 2020.
  3. The version with the Biotar f/2 is called the "Night Kolibri", quite rare due its high price back in 1930/31. Today this version is highly sought after and gains high prices.

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