Icarette

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The Icarette series of cameras were made by ICA from 1912 and are non-self-erecting folding bed cameras for roll film. Additionally some featured removable backs for plateholders. After the incorporation of ICA into Zeiss Ikon the camera series was continued under the Zeiss Ikon name but keeping the former ICA product codes. In 1930 the cameras were given new Zeiss Ikon product numbers. They were discontinued around 1934.

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Icarette I series (6×6)

Icarette I (495)

  • Ica Icarette I (495) (1912-1925)
  • Zeiss Ikon Icarette 493 (1928-1929)
  • Zeiss Ikon Icarette 509/16 (1930-c.1934)
  • Icarette A (US catalogs)

The first Icarette was introduced in 1912 as a horizontal folding camera. It has a back with a pull-out tab. In one tab position the red window is uncovered for checking film advance, in another position the tab served as visor of the wire finder. The back is easily removable by pressing two little buttons at once. When closing the door the brilliant finder collapses automatically to fit in the closed body. The camera has a sturdy metal construction, covered with fine grained leather.

  • Film: 120 roll film (some early versions for 117 roll film)
  • Frame size: 6×6 cm
  • Viewfinders: Collapsible brilliant finder and some versions with Iconometer (wire finder)
  • Focusing: Lever
  • Rising front: No
  • Lenses:
    • Baldour 75mm ƒ/8
    • Helios 75mm ƒ/8
    • Novar-Anastigmat 75mm ƒ/6.8 or ƒ/6.3
    • Hekla 75mm ƒ/6.8
    • Maximar 75mm ƒ/6.8
    • Icar 75mm ƒ/6.3
    • Dominar 75mm ƒ/4.5
    • Tessar 75mm ƒ/6.3 or ƒ/4.5
  • Shutters:


Icarette I (496)

  • Ica Icarette I (496) (c.1920-1925)
  • Zeiss Ikon Icarette 496/1 (1928-1929)
  • Zeiss Ikon Icarette 512/16 (1930-c.1934)
  • Icarette B (US catalogs)

Same camera as above but with a removable back that enables the use of 4.5×6 cm plates as well as roll film. It was introduced around 1920-1921.

  • Film: 120 roll film (some early versions for 117 roll film) and 4.5×6 cm plates
  • Frame size: 6×6 and 4.5×6 cm
  • Viewfinders: Iconometer (wire finder), collapsible brilliant finder and removable ground glass screen
  • Focusing: Lever
  • Rising front: Yes
  • Lenses:
    • Novar-Anastigmat 75mm ƒ/6.8 or ƒ/6.3
    • Hekla 75mm ƒ/6.8
    • Maximar 75mm ƒ/6.8
    • Dominar 75mm ƒ/4.5
    • Icar 75mm ƒ/6.3
    • Tessar 75mm ƒ/6.3 or ƒ/4.5
  • Shutters:
    • Ica Automat mod. X (1/25-1/100)
    • Derval (1/25-1/100)
    • Compur (1"-1/250 or 1/300)


Icarette II series (6×9)

Icarette II (500)

  • Ica Icarette II (500 or 500/1) (1914-1925)
  • Zeiss Ikon Icarette 500/1 (1927-1929)
  • Zeiss Ikon Icarette 500/2 (1930-c.1934)
  • Icarette C (US catalogs)

Vertical folding camera introduced in 1914. Early versions don't have rising front and some neither Iconometer finder.

  • Film: 120 roll film
  • Frame size: 6×9 cm
  • Viewfinders: Collapsible brilliant finder and some versions with Iconometer (wire finder)
  • Focusing: Lever
  • Rising front: Yes (some versions)
  • Lenses:
    • Helios 115mm ƒ/8
    • Novar-Anastigmat 90mm ƒ/6.8, 105mm ƒ/6.8 or 105mm ƒ/6.3
    • Hekla 90mm ƒ/6.8
    • Maximar 90mm ƒ/6.8
    • Amatar 90mm ƒ/6.8
    • Icar 90mm ƒ/6.3 or 120mm ƒ/6.3
    • Dominar 105mm ƒ/4.5
    • Tessar 120mm ƒ/6.3 or 105mm ƒ/4.5
  • Shutters:
    • Ica Automat mod. X (1/25-1/100)
    • Ica Automat mod. XI (1"-1/100)
    • Compound (1"-1/250)
    • Derval (1/25-1/100)
    • Klio (1"-1/100)
    • Sonto (1/10-1/100)
    • Compur (1"-1/250 or 1/300)
    • Compur-S (1"-1/250)


Icarette II (500/2)

  • Ica Icarette II (500/2) (1925)
  • Zeiss Ikon Icarette 500/2 (1927-1929)
  • Zeiss Ikon Icarette 551/2 (1930-c.1934)
  • Icarette L (US catalogs)

The top-of-the-range Icarette was introduced in 1925 and was designed to take either 120 film or 6.5×9 cm plates. The camera has a removable ground glass screen for use with 6.5×9 cm plateholders, or a back with an orange window and pressure plate for 6×9 cm exposures on 120 film. The camera also features rising front movement, double extension bellows and rack and pinion focusing.

  • Film: 120 roll film and 6.5×9 cm plates
  • Frame size: 6×9 and 6.5×9 cm
  • Viewfinders: Iconometer (wire finder), collapsible brilliant finder and removable ground glass screen
  • Focusing: Rack and pinion
  • Rising front: Yes
  • Lenses:
    • Hekla 105mm ƒ/6.8
    • Novar-Anastigmat 105mm ƒ/6.3
    • Litonar 105mm ƒ/4.5
    • Dominar 105mm ƒ/4.5
    • Tessar 105mm ƒ/6.3 or ƒ/4.5
  • Shutters:
Ica Icarette II (500/2)
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Icarette IIA (498/1)

  • Ica Icarette IIA (498/1) (c.1925)
  • Zeiss Ikon Icarette 498/1 (1927-1929)
  • Zeiss Ikon Icarette 509/2 (1930-c.1934)
  • Junior Icarette C (US catalogs)

Initially introduced around 1925 as a less expensive Icarette II version with a simpler construction, it was sold later also with higher quality lenses and shutters.

  • Film: 120 roll film
  • Frame size: 6×9 cm
  • Viewfinders: Collapsible brilliant finder and some versions with Iconometer (wire finder)
  • Focusing: Fixed scale
  • Rising front: No
  • Lenses:
    • Alpha 105mm ƒ/11
    • Helios 105mm ƒ/8
    • Novar-Anastigmat 105mm ƒ/6.8 or ƒ/6.3
    • Dominar 105mm ƒ/4.5
    • Preminar 105mm ƒ/4.5
    • Tessar 105mm ƒ/6.3 or ƒ/4.5
  • Shutters:
    • Ica Automat mod. IX (fixed exposure time)
    • Automat Modell X (1/25-1/100)
    • Derval (1/25-1/100)
    • Klio (1"-1/100)
    • Compur (1"-1/300)


Icarette III series (6.5×11)

Icarette III (501)

  • Ica Icarette III (501) (c.1920-1925)
  • Zeiss Ikon Icarette 501/1 (1927-1929)
  • Zeiss Ikon Icarette 500/15 (1930-c.1934)
  • Icarette D (US catalogs)

Vertical folding camera introduced around 1920-1921, same as the Icarette II series but for the larger 116 roll film.

  • Film: 116 roll film
  • Frame size: 6.5×11 cm
  • Viewfinders: Iconometer (wire finder) and collapsible brilliant finder
  • Focusing: Lever device
  • Rising front: Yes
  • Lenses:
    • Helios 130mm ƒ/8
    • Litonar 120mm ƒ/7.5, ƒ/6.8 or ƒ/4.5
    • Hekla 120mm ƒ/6.8
    • Maximar 120mm ƒ/6.8
    • Amatar 120mm ƒ/6.8
    • Icar 120mm ƒ/6.3
    • Novar-Anastigmat 125mm ƒ/6.3
    • Dominar 120mm ƒ/4.5
    • Tessar 120mm ƒ/6.3 or ƒ/4.5
  • Shutters:
    • Ica Automat mod. X (1/25-1/100)
    • Ica Automat mod. XI (1"-1/100)
    • Derval (1/25-1/100)
    • Klio (1"-1/100)
    • Sonto (1/10-1/100)
    • Compur (1"-1/250 or 1/300)
    • Compur-S (1"-1/250)


Icarette III (502)

  • Ica Icarette III (502) (c.1920-1925)
  • Zeiss Ikon Icarette 502/1 (1927-1929)
  • Zeiss Ikon Icarette 512/15 (1930-c.1934)
  • Icarette DA (US catalogs)

Same as above but it also takes 6×9 plates. Introduced around 1920-1921.

  • Film: 116 roll film and 6×9 cm plates
  • Frame size: 6.5×11 and 6×9 cm
  • Viewfinders: Iconometer (wire finder), collapsible brilliant finder and removable ground glass screen
  • Focusing: Lever device
  • Rising front: Yes
  • Lenses:
    • Helios 130mm ƒ/8
    • Litonar 120mm ƒ/7.5, ƒ/6.8 or ƒ/4.5
    • Hekla 120mm ƒ/6.8
    • Maximar 120mm ƒ/6.8
    • Amatar 120mm ƒ/6.8
    • Icar 120mm ƒ/6.3
    • Novar-Anastigmat 120mm ƒ/6.3
    • Dominar 120mm ƒ/4.5
    • Tessar 120mm ƒ/6.3 or ƒ/4.5
  • Shutters:
    • Ica Automat mod. X (1/25-1/100)
    • Ica Automat mod. XI (1"-1/100)
    • Derval (1/25-1/100)
    • Klio (1"-1/100)
    • Sonto (1/10-1/100)
    • Compur (1"-1/250)
    • Compur-S (1"-1/250)


Icarette IIIA (503)

  • Ica Icarette IIIA (503) (c.1925)
  • Zeiss Ikon Icarette 503/1 (1927-1929)
  • Zeiss Ikon Icarette 509/15 (1930-c.1934)
  • Junior Icarette D (US catalogs)

Initially introduced around 1925 as a less expensive Icarette III version with a simpler construction, it was sold later also with higher quality lenses and shutters.

  • Film: 116 roll film
  • Frame size: 6.5×11 cm
  • Viewfinders: Collapsible brilliant finder and some versions with Iconometer (wire finder)
  • Focusing: Fixed scale
  • Rising front: No
  • Lenses:
    • Alpha 145mm ƒ/11
    • Helios 130mm ƒ/8
    • Novar-Anastigmat 135mm ƒ/6.8 or 125mm ƒ/6.3
    • Dominar 120mm ƒ/4.5
    • Tessar 120mm ƒ/6.3 or ƒ/4.5
  • Shutters:
    • Ica Automat mod. IX (fixed exposure time)
    • Ica Automat mod. X (1/25-1/100)
    • Derval (1/25-1/100)
    • Klio (1"-1/100)
    • Compur (1"-1/300)
    • Compur-S (1"-1/250)


Icarette 0 series (4×6,5)

Icarette 0 (488)

  • Ica Icarette 0 (488) (1925)
  • Zeiss Ikon Icarette 488 (1927-1929)
  • Zeiss Ikon Icarette 500/12 (1930-c.1934)
  • V.P. Icarette (US catalogs)

Vertical folding camera introduced in 1925 for Vest Pocket film (127).

  • Film: 127 roll film
  • Frame size: 4×6.5 cm
  • Viewfinders: Iconometer (wire finder) and collapsible brilliant finder
  • Focusing: Lever device
  • Rising front: No
  • Lenses:
    • Novar-Anastigmat 75mm ƒ/6.8 or ƒ/6.3
    • Hekla 75mm ƒ/6.8
    • Litonar 75mm ƒ/4.5
    • Dominar 75mm ƒ/4.5
    • Tessar 75mm ƒ/6.3 or ƒ/4.5
  • Shutters:
    • Ica Automat mod. X (1/25-1/100)
    • Derval (1/25-1/100)
    • Compur (1"-1/300)


Sources

All the research is based on the following Ica and Zeiss Ikon catalogs:

  • Ica Haupt-Katalog, 1911, Liste 5 (German)
  • Catalogo Generale Ica, 1911, No. 6 (Italian)
  • Les Appareils Photographiques Ica, 1912 (French)
  • Catalogo Generale Ica, 1913-14 (Italian)
  • Catalogue Général Ica, 1913-14, No. 21 (French)
  • Ica Photoliste, 1914 (German)
  • Ica Cameras 1919, Liste 101 (German), available at From the focal plane to infinity
  • Catalogo Generale Ica, 1921 (Italian)
  • Ica Cameras 1922, Liste 116C (German), available at From the focal plane to infinity
  • Liste des Appareils photographiques et Accessoires Ica, 1924-25, No. 129 (French)
  • Catalogo degli Apparecchi Ica, 1924-25, No. 155 (Italian)
  • Ica Cameras, 1925, Liste 125C (German), available at From the focal plane to infinity
  • Ica Cameras, 1925 (English), available at Orphan Cameras
  • Ica Cameras Auszugsliste, 1925 (German), available at Camera Eccentric
  • Ica-Zeiss Ikon Cameras Auszugsliste, 1927, Liste 161Bb (German)
  • Zeiss Ikon Cameras, 1927-28, Catalogue C252 (English), available at Holoceen
  • Zeiss Ikon Camera-Auszugliste, 1928, C292b (German), available at Holoceen
  • Appareils photographiques Zeiss Ikon, 1928, C292 (French), available at collection-appareils.fr
  • Zeiss Ikon Cameras, 1928, C328 (English), available at Orphan Cameras
  • Zeiss Ikon Camera Auszugsliste, 1929, C292c (German), available at Holoceen
  • Appareils Photographiques et Accessoires Zeiss Ikon, 1930, C352 (French), available at collection-appareils.fr
  • Zeiss Ikon Cameras und Zubehör, 1931, C473 (German), available at Holoceen and Orphan Cameras
  • Appareils Photographiques et Accessoires Zeiss Ikon, 1931, C434B (French), available at collection-appareils.fr
  • Foto-Raadgever aangeboden door Zeiss Ikon, 1931, C473 (Dutch), available at Holoceen
  • Zeiss Ikon Cameras, 1932, C432 (English), available at Orphan Cameras
  • Zeiss Ikon Camera-Auszugliste, 1932, C505 (German), available at Holoceen
  • ...avec un Zeiss Ikon, 1932 (French), available at collection-appareils.fr
  • Zeiss Ikon Cameras, 1934, C505g (German), available at Holoceen


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