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A Contax III Factory hybrid – 1988 article revisited

Published in Autumn 2004 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Stefan Baumgartner

See Pages 20 – 22

A Contax III was seemingly sent to Zeiss Ikon Stuttgart for repairs. The camera was returned with 6 perforations on the meter cover and replacement and more modern parts for the meter’s adjustment. On the same page is a much later Contina II with a similar perforated meter cover (2 holes) on this 1954-8 camera.

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A Contax horror story

Published in Autumn 2004 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Peter Hennig

See Page 15.

A tale of seeing a style of Contax II seen only in the advertising of the mid-1930’s where the lens cell logo was on the bezel in front of the rangefinder front window. The author saw it very early in his collecting experience and since it was in poor condition, he passed on buying it. He still regrets it as none other have been found.

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The Voigtländer Prototype 132 – The camera that might have changed the world

Published in Spring 2004 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Bernd Otto

See Pages 18 – 21

This prototype camera was far beyond the specifications for the Contarex or any other known camera in 959 but because Zeiss Ikon had invested so much in the Contarex, Voigtländer was not permitted to go forward with this design prototype by Dr. Küppenbender who headed the Carl Zeiss Stiftung.

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Exclusively Zeiss Ikon

Published in Autumn 1999  Zeiss Historica Journal

Authors: Joseph K. Brown; John D. Baca

See Page 14 – 18

The story of the Super Ikonta B: a 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” format rangefinder camera that was without equal for most of its life span. No other photographic manufacturer even ventured into the rangefinder market for this size format. It was wildly popular and pocket-able.

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When Carl Zeiss Jena Meant Eisfeld

Published in Autumn 1997  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Nicholas Grossman

See Pages 9 – 10.

In 1968, VEB Carl Zeiss Jena decided to expand to another location in the town of Eisfeld and moved the manufacture of binoculars to that location which was southwest of Jena. No change was made to the trademarks on the binoculars. The tried and true lens cell trademark still said Carl Zeiss in the top cell and Jena in the bottom.

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