An online guide to collectable cameras and related
Zeiss Ikon Maximar
Introduced in 1914 by Ica, the Maximar became very popular after the Zeiss Ikon merger. It was a good
quality folding plate camera, drop bed style, with
double extension bellows, rise and fall, plus shift front movements, brilliant finder with built in spirit finder
and a wire frame finder on the larger two
models. It was available in three sizes.
The 6.5 x 9cm model 207/3, was reffered to as the Maximar A. It was rarely offered finished in green,
the black finish is by far more common. It can
be found with 105/4.5 Tessar or 105/4.5 Preminar, both in Compur.
The Maximar B 207/7 is the 9 x 12cm size, available only in black. It was sold with the 135/4.5 Tessar in
Compur, or either the 135/4.5 Dominar or 135/6.3
Novar in Klio shutter.
The least common size is the Maximar C 207/9, for 10 x 15cm. It too was available only in black, and
was fitted with a 165/4.5 Tessar in Compur.
The Maximar C was discontinued in 1937, the other sizes were victims of the war effort, and were
stopped in 1939. Zeiss did not re-enter the folding plate
camera market after the war, sealing their fate.