Tag Archives: Spring 2005

Kaprelian Files: Zeiss Lens Collection – three examples

Published in Spring 2005 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Larry Gubas

See Pages 15 – 16

The author was permitted to review the files of Mr.Kaprelian and found original Signal Corps photographs of part of the Zeiss Lens Collection. Three of these lenses never came to production but were designed for the Contax camera: the Perimetar, the Spaerogon and an untrademarked fish eye lens.
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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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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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