Some of the 521/16 models came with the high-end Tessar lens, but mine is an economy model with a 3-element 4.5/7.5cm Novar Anastigmat, and a Klio shutter with speeds from 1 second to 1/200th. Fortunately, a minimum aperture of f22 allows easy use of modern 400-speed film. The shutter and lens required only routine cleaning. The double-exposure module wasn't working properly, but it was easily disassembled, and bending up a leaf spring restored the proper functioning. Combined with the big 6x6cm format, the Novar lens cedes no ground in image quality.
I never put many rolls of film through my Ikonta B, mostly because I had too many other great old cameras distracting my attention. The results I got from the camera certainly showed that I should have given it more opportunities to show its stuff.
* * *Wild Bill arrived in our southern New Mexico rural neighborhood driving a team of donkeys hitched to a little trailer similar to that used by Basque sheepherders. He squatted on some land beside the old highway by the Rio Grande. He bought an old pickup and used it daily to visit a cousin a mile down the road. Bill had served quite a time in the Marines running a motor pool; I think he had some retirement income from that and maybe some Social Security as well. He was kind to his animals and a good neighbor.
The largest and most impressive of the thousands of petroglyphs at Tres Rios is located at the top of the long ridge at the site. It is usually alleged to depict a cougar, but I'm calling it as a jaguar because of the cross-hatching that fills in the figure.
The stairway leads down into the sunken courtyard of George Pearl Hall which houses the UNM School of Architecture. It was designed by Albuquerque architect, Antoine Predock.
The Lobo is the UNM mascot, chosen originally no doubt because of its fierceness. A more current association should probably take into account the Mexican Wolf's endangered status along with a similar situation among UNM faculty which has experienced many recent layoffs due to budget cuts.
If you come across a fire engine on the street and you have an old camera with film in it, you have to take a picture. That's the law.