Monthly Archives: November 2013

A new Zeiss Ikon – and new Zeiss M mount lenses to go with it

Published in Autumn 2004 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Charles Barringer

See Pages 6 – 8.

In 2004, there was the announcement of a new camera bearing the name Zeiss Ikon. It had been more than 30 years since there had been a new camera with this trademark. Surprisingly, it was a rangefinder, 35 mm film format camera made to a very high standards and used new Zeiss lenses in the old Leica M bayonet mount. The article included lens diagrams of new, high quality lenses in this mount which meant that they fit this camera and all of the older Leica M cameras.

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Zeiss Ikon’s First Postwar Camera Family

Published in Spring 1991  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Larry Gubas

See Page 15 – 16

The first new family of cameras produced by Zeiss Ikon in Stuttgart after World War II was a series of three cameras with the names, Ikonta 35, Contina and Contessa. These were very small symmetrical cameras from the design table of Hubert Nerwin although they would appear after he relocated in 1947 to Rochester, NY. Thereis a discussion of the problem with lens manufacture and so the early versions of the first camera appeared with Novar and Xenar lenses until Zeiss Opton was able to manufacture Tessar lenses. These were exceptional new designs.

To go to the Journal itself, click on the year 1991 in the first line above.

Zeiss by Mail (History)

Published in Autumn 1988  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Charles Gellis and Nicholas Grossman

See Page 12 – 13.

The authors present illustrations of a number on international postage stamps that either picture a particular Zeiss product  or are a commemoration of a particular event that Zeiss participated in.

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Products from Zeiss Vienna (Binoculars)

Published in Autumn 1985 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Nicholas Grossman

See Page 3

The author discusses and illustrates Carl Zeiss prism binoculars that bear the trademark of Carl Zeiss Wein (Vienna in German) and discusses the political and military situation that lead to this marking. Not discussed but implied are similar products from Gyor in Hungary and London, England.

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