Tag Archives: Photographic

Contax SLR Cameras

Published in Autumn 1982 Zeiss Historica Journal

Hans-Juergen Kuc

See Page 10 – 14

Kuc discusses  in print for the first time in 1982, the Contax (Pentacon) SLR cameras that were manufactured in East Germany under an ever changing set of names for that country’s successor companies for the pre-war Zeiss Ikon which initially became a “People’s Owned Enterprise” or VEB.

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Zeiss Photo Exposure Meters

Published in Autumn 1981 Zeiss Historica Society Journal

Author(s) Larry Gubas

See Page 10.

A short discussion about the Zeiss Ikon exposure meters of the pre-war period and how their product numbers were assigned in that era and growing into the war time and early post war examples. The first Helios meter from 1937 and the first Ikophot from 1943 (later corrected to 1941) are pictured.

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Zeiss Ikon Stereo Equipment

Published in Autumn 1981 Zeiss Historica Society Journal

Author(s) Pilecki, G.

See Pages 8 – 9.

An examination of the Zeiss Ikon Stereo equipment as used on the Contax and Contaflex (post war) cameras. Pre-war examples are quite rare but not many examples of the post war era existed either since it was looked upon as a passing fad.

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Zeiss Ikon Film Sizes Codes

Published in Spring 1981 Zeiss Historica Journal

Mead B. Kibbey

See Page 10.

The firm of Zeiss Ikon also produced photographic film in plate and roll film formats. The size depended on the camera and was defined by a numeric code as listed in this article. This table was further defined in a later edition of the Zeiss Historica Journal.

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Zeiss Ikon Camera Identification System

Published in Spring 1981 Zeiss Historica Journal

Nicholas Grossman

See Page 10

This preliminary work attempted to isolate the catalog or product numbers of the various camera models of Zeiss Ikon. It was later expanded to a book sized index of all Zeiss Ikon photographic product numbers. The first edition was for all prewar products, the second edition was for all post war products including the acquired catalog of Voigtlaender and lastly a third edition combining the pre and post war data. This was distributed to all new members of the Zeiss Historica Society. Maurice Zubatkin and Philip Laycock were the collectors and organizers of this data.

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Zeiss Ikon Contaflex TLR

Published in “>Spring 1981 Zeiss Historica Journal

Mead B. Kibbey

See Pages 6 – 8

This article was the definitive documentation of the incredible Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) 35 mm camera made in the 1930s. It was truly the Rolls Royce of the “miniature” format with interchangeable lenses and numerous accessories. This was one of the first explanations of the character of the Zeiss Ikon breakthrough designs of this period.

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Remembering Zeiss Ikon

Published in Spring 1981 Zeiss Historica Journal

Hubert Nerwin

See Page 3

This article is a series of remembrances of Zeiss Ikon designer, Hubert Nerwin, as he spoke at the Second Zeiss Historica meeting of the membership about his time working for Zeiss Ikon from 1932-1947. These are notes taken by Zeiss member, Randall Scheid, for the first magazine style edition of the Zeiss Historica Journal.

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Zeiss Ikon 1926-1971

Published in Autumn 2007 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Hans Letsche

See Pages 15 – 20.

A printing of the text and documentation of a talk given to the First Western Photohistory Symposium in 1980 by the manager of the Photo Lens Division of Carl Zeiss who was the man who managed the closure of the Zeiss Ikon and Stuttgart factories in 19171. The talk covered much of the Zeiss Ikon history as well as the need for closure.

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