Tag Archives: Autumn 1995

A Modern Art of Technology, Jena’s Optical Museum

Published in Autumn 1995 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Dr. Helga Beez

See Page 8 – 11.

The former Zeiss Optical Museum was renamed Jena’s Optical Museum in 1991 when the political situation after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the beginning of German unification brought the situation to a different political time and the former Carl Zeiss Stiftung ceded the ownership of the museum and its contents to a new entity named the Ernst Abbe Stiftung since the former VEB Carl Zeiss Jena was dissolved and the components of that entity was now revised to reflect the multiple new firms that were a part of the new era in Jena. Zeiss Oberkochen would be a major member of their board of directors but Jenoptik and other firms were as well.

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Zeiss Ikon and Television: Fernseh AG

Published in Autumn 1995 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Michael Buckland

See Page  17 – 19

In 1929, Zeiss Ikon became involved with a joint venture with other German firms in an effort to develop television in Germany. Professor Goldberg was primary in starting this effort but the effort passed on to others after he was removed from the firm. This article covers the venture and the early efforts in this project which operated under a separate firm named Fernseh, AG.

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A Zeiss Folding Stereo Telescope

Published in Autumn 1995 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Andre Surmont

See Page 14 – 16

One of the byproducts of the prism binocular is a special long range folding stereo telescope (Scherenfernrohr in German) for observation and range-finding in a military environment. The author describes one such instrument that was handed down from his grandfather from World War I.  There are other instruments as well such as the coincidence rangefinder that were developed from this research.

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The Black Contax II Is Not a Myth.

Published in Autumn 1995 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Stefan Baumgartner

See Page 12 – 13.

The author has examined a large number of the special Jena Contax cameras and has been able to confirm that a small number were made as examples rather than prototypes for evaluation in the period from 1947 to 1950. He shows examples of two different versions where the camera body was all black (except for the accessory shoe and others where the body was black and the camera top panel was chrome. This last is said to be “half black.”

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