The Contarex Family of Cameras

Published in Spring 2007 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Larry Gubas

See Pages 5 -10.

The Contarex camera spent nearly 10 years on the design drawing boards at Zeiss Ikon before it came to market in late 1959 and it was the most advanced camera of its day when announced. Plus, it had the most spectacular collection of interchangeable lenses but it was a hard sell. Why??? It was very expensive, quite heavy and the competition was not very far behind. This was still true as later models evolved. Plus it was regarded as so intricate that it was difficult to repair. Not so for the Japanese cameras that came soon after.

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