I never expected to see an Ikonette featured in the pages of today's AP! Takes me straight back to my National Service days. In 1958 I went out to Germany to serve in 2nd. TAF, and whilst there bought a used Contaflex, my first SLR and which worked OK. Back home my mother, impressed with the idea of shooting in colour for the first time, bought a new Ikonette, which was a total failure. After much trouble, this was replaced by Zeiss Ikon (or their importers at the time) with a Zeiss Ikon Continette fitted with what then was rare in consumer cameras, a Carl Zeiss lens (vs Zeiss ikon), the 45mm F/2.8 Lucinar. I remember slides from it being more contrasty than those shot on other cameras, but that might have been due to slightly faster shutter speeds etc. I still have the Continette, and its original case etc.