Tag Archives: Spring 2004

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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Hartmut Thiele’s Fabrikationsbuch Photooptik Carl Zeiss and the real world

Published in Spring 2004 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Charles Barringer

See Page 14 – 17.

The author reviews a new book that creates spreadsheets a record of Carl Zeiss Jena Photographic Lenses through several captions such as Lens Name, Serial Number, Special Mount. While a tremendous improvement in being able to have lens data that is 90% accurate, based on serial numbers and camera mounts but there are also holes in the data, the data is mixed with less reliable source data and since it is paper bound,it cannot be sorted or amplifed without a completely new printed edition.

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The lens coating patent by Zeiss (T coating)

Published in Spring 2004 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Peter Hennig, Milos Paul Mladek

See Pages 22 – 23

A modern evaluation of the 1934 invention of multi-coating by Dr. Alexandar Smakula. It is far more diverse and advanced than one would expect. It was hidden until 1940 when the patent was finally approved. Until then, it had been a German state secret.

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