Tag Archives: Contax

The Trail of the Contax continues

Published in Spring 2005 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Larry Gubas

See Pages 11 – 14.

The author reviews a long conversation with retired Carl Zeiss Jena engineer, Wolfgang Hahn. Hahn was the leader of the project to build the workshop in Kiev and teach the workers in Ukraine the methods to build the former Contax camera. He left a year before the assembly line that pre-dated the Jena Contax was taken in September 1947.

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The Jena Contax: Brief History and Spotters Guide

Published in Spring 1999  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Charles Barringer

See Page 9 – 13

An observers overview of the Jena Contax camera which was reverse engineered under contract from the Russian military force to be manufactured in the USSR.  However, the astute Germans kept a secret copy of the newly drawn technical drawings and manufactured the camera using the Zeiss Ikon trademark from 1947 – 1950.

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In Search of the Contax IV

Published in Autumn 1999  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author:  Wolf Wehran

See Page 20 – 22

The former head of Zeiss Ikon Public Relations discloses some prototypes developed at Stuttgart to upgrade the Contax IIa and IIIa cameras and most logically was termed the Contax IV inside the firm. At this stage the pre-war prototype and the SLR Syntax camera were not a part of the vocabulary inside the firm or in the collecting community. Pictures of the various prototypes are shown.

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More on the Great Contax Mystery

Published in Autumn 1990  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Sam Sherman

See Page 8 – 12.

A summary of the information about the life span of the Contax cameras in Dresden, Jena and Kiev.  A good companion to the prior article but postulates some theories that would ultimately be proven incorrect through interviews with East German workers and personalities in the early 2000’s.

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Another Contax Identification Method

 

Published in Autumn 1985 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Larry Gubas

See Page 4 – 5.

The first discussion of a method of identifying Contax I camera variants based on research of John Dornfield and Stan Bishop. This method concentrates on the observation of the different front bezels of these six models (a seventh is not available to be documented) based on drawings of the different bezels from a frontal and top down view. It is accompanied by a table of different characteristics from models 1 through 7.

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