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The Voigtländer Prototype 132 – The camera that might have changed the world

Published in Spring 2004 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Bernd Otto

See Pages 18 – 21

This prototype camera was far beyond the specifications for the Contarex or any other known camera in 959 but because Zeiss Ikon had invested so much in the Contarex, Voigtländer was not permitted to go forward with this design prototype by Dr. Küppenbender who headed the Carl Zeiss Stiftung.

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Kaprelian Files: Other Contax Shutters

Published in Spring 2005 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Larry Gubas

See Pages 17 – 18.

The Küppenbender shutter for the Contax also appeared on the Super Nettels and the Nettax but no other manufacturer attempted to copy this design because of complexity and cost. It was, however, used by Küppenbender on a portable aerial camera (HKS) that was about to be constructed when the war was ending and Ed Kaprelian had file photos. There were also other examples that came to the Westlicht museum in Vienna of other such Zeiss Ikon cameras that were only first cut prototypes.

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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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Christie’s Catalog Surprises (Camera Prototypes)

Published in Spring 1997  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Larry Gubas

See Page 17 – 19.

Christie’s auctions shows a series of interesting prototype cameras from both Zeiss Ikon and Voigtlaender. This includes the unique Contarex prototype with the Contaflex trademark and some variants on the Ikonta 35 or Contina camera.

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