The Ideal model A camera was manufactured by the Ica A.G. camera company of Dresden, Germany in from approximately 1912 to 1927. The Ideal model A was capable of taking exposures on film packs or plates 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches in size. Constructed of aluminum composition with fine grain black leather covering and black leather bellows. The front bed is reinforced and the front standard is designed in a a rigid u shaped made of aluminum. Features include rising and falling front operated by a lever, an extra large reversible brilliant finder made with a metal mirror and accompanied with a spirit level, and two tripod sockets. This camera was sold with several lens optins available including a Helka Anastigmat f6.8, a Carl Zeiss Amatar f6.8, Tessar f4.5 or Protar f6.3. The lens were mounted wither in a Ica model XI automatic shutter with speed from 1 to 100th of a second or a in a Compur compound shutter capable of speeds from one to 1/250 of a second, including time, bulb. Originally priced ranging from $36.50 to $62.00 based on lens/shutter selection. The camera measures 5 1/4 x 2 x 3 1/2 inches and weighs 26.5 ounces.
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