Tag Archives: Photography

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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A new Zeiss Ikon – and new Zeiss M mount lenses to go with it

Published in Autumn 2004 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Charles Barringer

See Pages 6 – 8.

In 2004, there was the announcement of a new camera bearing the name Zeiss Ikon. It had been more than 30 years since there had been a new camera with this trademark. Surprisingly, it was a rangefinder, 35 mm film format camera made to a very high standards and used new Zeiss lenses in the old Leica M bayonet mount. The article included lens diagrams of new, high quality lenses in this mount which meant that they fit this camera and all of the older Leica M cameras.

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Zeiss Ikon’s First Postwar Camera Family

Published in Spring 1991  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Larry Gubas

See Page 15 – 16

The first new family of cameras produced by Zeiss Ikon in Stuttgart after World War II was a series of three cameras with the names, Ikonta 35, Contina and Contessa. These were very small symmetrical cameras from the design table of Hubert Nerwin although they would appear after he relocated in 1947 to Rochester, NY. Thereis a discussion of the problem with lens manufacture and so the early versions of the first camera appeared with Novar and Xenar lenses until Zeiss Opton was able to manufacture Tessar lenses. These were exceptional new designs.

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