Ica Ideal

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The Ica Ideal is a folding bed 9×12cm plate camera by Ica, originally launched in 1908 as Hüttig's Ideal. When opened the front standard has to be pulled along the rails of the folding bed until it snaps in at the position for infinity focusing. Other distances can be set through releasing the standard from its infinity position by pressing the distance scale inwards and turning the knurl for moving the standard forward. The specialty of this camera is its option to change the right angle position of the folding bed to a smaller or larger alternate angle. That feature meant ability of image plane tilt movement for architecture image improvement. Of course this feature needs ground glass focusing. The camera also has a brilliant finder with spirit level for snapshot photography with folding bed in right angle.

The camera was equipped with an Ica auto shutter X, an Ica auto shutter XI, or a Compur shutter. A Dominar Anastigmat or a Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1:4.5 13.5 cm or 15 cm was delivered with the Compur shutter. The whole lens/shutter unit can be replaced easily by another.