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.

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