For those interested in a extremely compact medium format camera that shoots the most iconic format, 6x6, the Zeiss Super Ikonta 534/16 is here for you.
In this video, Kyle McDougall offers some insight into his shooting experiences with one of the more iconic compact medium format cameras, the Zeiss Super Ikonta 534/16 (also known as Super Ikonta IV). This specific model was made available between 1955-1959 and sports a 75mm f/3.5 Synchro-Compur leaf shutter lens, which is approximately equivalent to a 40mm f/1.9 in full frame. That said, the 6x6 format is so distinct from full frame that it can still be difficult to think of its lens in any sort of full frame equivalent. The Super Ikonta line dates back to the early 1930s with multiple formats available, including 645, 6x9, and 6.5x11 (which I've never heard of or seen).
I don't have any extensive experience with the 6x6 format, but it's been calling my name. Similarly, I've been chomping at the bit to get something that's extremely lightweight, all manual, and medium format for traveling. This camera seems like a viable option. In addition, I don't have any considerable experience with twin lens reflex cameras either (most of which also shoot a 6x6 format), which would be in direct competition for this camera in my books.
What about you? Do you have any experience shooting with this camera or any of its earlier models? What were your thoughts/experiences?