Zeiss Ikon Kolibri
|German, French & Italian Cameras using 127 film|
|3×4||rigid||Dreivier | Futuro | Gewirette | Kolibri |
Parvola | Pupille | Ranca | Reporter | Puck
|folding||Baby Ikonta | Baldi | Dolly | Goldi |
Gucki | Ingo | Korelle | Makinette
Metharette | Perkeo | Vollenda
|4x4||Navax | Paxina Electromatic | Rothlar|
|4x6.5||Bella | Billy | Bob | Dolly | Goldi |
Gucki | Korelle | Panta | Parvola
Piccolette | Rio | Ultrix
|TLR||see German TLRs|
|3×4||rigid||Fotobaby | Lynx | Super-Boy|
|folding||Derby-Lux | Elax|
|pseudo TLR||Auteuil | Longchamp|
|4×4||rigid||Impera | Marly | Pari-Fex | Rubi-Fex | Top|
|3x4||Comet | Comet III | Cometa | Euralux|
Ibis | Maxima | Piccolo | Tanit
|4x4||Comet | Euralux | Ibis|
|4x6.5 & other||Alfa | Delta | Relex | Rolet | Rondine|
The Kolibri 523/18 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; Novar f/3.5, f/4.5, f/6.3 or Biotar f/2
- 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)
|Zeiss Ikon Kolibri|
image by Tony Kemplen (Image rights)
- The name means 'hummingbird' in German.
- example with f/2.8 Tessar serial 1320361, seen offered for sale May 2020.
- 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.