Tag Archives: Carl Zeiss Jena

What the Wonder Camera saw from the Cologne Cathedral

Published in Autumn 1986 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Charles Barringer

See Page 14

A special long distance or super telephoto camera and lens combination from Carl Zeiss Jena shown in an article from “Berliner Illustierte” which featured a 3,000 mm lens.

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Zeiss turret terrestrial binocular telescopes

Published in Autumn 2008 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Frank Doherty, Steve Rohan

See Pages 5 – 11.

Before World War II, Carl Zeiss Jena adapted the terrestrial telescope into a binocular configuration with revolving eyepieces to widen the viewing possibilities. They were more binocular like than telescope except for the required tripod. These marvelous instruments were displayed in both binocular and telescope catalogs and were the bee’s knees of the 1920’s and 1030’s.

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Early Zeiss Microscopes

Published in Spring 1999  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Larry Gubas

See Page 20- 22.

Based on information coming from Zeiss Oberkochen based on materials found in the Carl Zeiss Jena Archive, we see the first definitive chronicling of the earliest Zeiss microscopes.  The article si accompanied by a table of serial numbers by year and type (Simple versus Compound) with a sampling of the dates of certain microscope model’s introduction.

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Kaprelian Files: Zeiss Lens Collection – three examples

Published in Spring 2005 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Larry Gubas

See Pages 15 – 16

The author was permitted to review the files of Mr.Kaprelian and found original Signal Corps photographs of part of the Zeiss Lens Collection. Three of these lenses never came to production but were designed for the Contax camera: the Perimetar, the Spaerogon and an untrademarked fish eye lens.
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Jena At Last (History)

Published in Autumn 1997  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Larry Gubas

See Pages 6 – 8.

The author gives his impressions of his first trip to Jena, the home of Carl Zeiss, Ernst Abbe and Otto Schott. While it has been some years since the fall of the dreaded wall between East and West Germany, it had been a dream for much longer than that. Dr. Helga Beez who was the creator of the Optical Museum added pictures of the re-creation of the first Zeiss workshop.

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The Zeiss Cartel

Published in Spring 1999  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Nicholas Grossman

See Page 18 – 19.

A report based on the book written by Wendell Berge during World War II about the cartels   that supplied the governments of the world with war materiel. Zeiss and Bausch & Lomb were an important part of that period but the text of the book must be read with an eye on the political situation of that era.

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Fritz Jakobsmeier – a Zeiss apprentice

Published in Spring 2004 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Larry Gubas

See Page 2 – 7.

The story of Fritz Jakobsmeier who was a Zeiss APprentice who was taken into the military and served as a Luftwaffe photographer using Zeiss equipment and returned to Jena to send his wife and daughter to live with her parents in a safe zone of Germany after the war and then moved to join them at a most dangerous time. The article is full of interesting small facts of the period.

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