In early December, I stumbled across a very attractive auction listing for a very good looking Zeiss Super Ikonta, for an opening bid of just under $100. Since these typically sell for upwards of 3 to 4 times this amount, I handily placed it in my watch list for revisiting. By the afternoon of the auction's closing date, there were no bites at all on this camera, and a good part of that was likely due to the listing calling this simply an "IZEISS COMPUR CAMERA." Thus, it didn't appear in search results for "Zeiss" or "Ikonta." I figured I was worth an early Christmas present to myself, so I bid, and managed to win it for just over $120, a decent score considering its value.
This Zeiss was the "premium" version of my other Ikonta cameras in that it had a coupled rangefinder to assist in focusing, thus giving it the "Super" moniker. Further, it had a Tessar f/3.5 lens that was the high end counterpart to the less sophisticated Novar on my other 6x9 format Ikonta 521/2.
The camera's seller was apparently a widow selling off her husband's camera collection, and offered little description in the way of the functionality of the so there was certainly some risk involved regarding the functionality of this classic Zeiss, and as such, it was being sold strictly "as is" with no guarantee of functionality. Regardless, it looked to be in excellent shape, so it seemed that if nothing else, it was at least worth what I had paid for it.
The Super Ikonta 531/2 appears quite similar to the 521/2, with the most pronounced difference being the elaborate rangefinder mechanism that the user swings into place after unfolding. To focus, the user looks through the porthole in the back of the camera, seen below, then composes the image using the Albada style flip up finder.