Tag Archives: Spring 2007

Zeiss Tele-Microscope

Published in Spring 2007 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author:Jack Kelly

See Pages 11 – 12.

The author discusses a certain microscope base that accommodates included binocular and monocular loupes as a combination device in case. The pairings were first noticed in a Zeiss medical catalog in 1924 and was last seen in another catalog dated 1937.

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Zeiss Stereo Microscopes (non identical twins from Jena and Oberkochen)

Published in Spring 2007 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: John Schilling

See Pages 2 -4.

The author (a former member of the Zeiss US staff specializing in microscopes) compares two microscopes that came out as new models from both Carl Zeiss Oberkochen and VEB Carl Zeiss Jena in the years immediately after the war. The East German variety was known as the Citoplast and the West German as the Zeiss Opton (later Carl Zeiss) Stereo Microscope. In many respects these two instruments were virtually clones which means that the design was begun in Jena during the war and someone carried it to West Germany in their memory bank. These models were replacements of the Greenough or X stand. They were not identical but clearly from the same parentage.

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The Contarex Family of Cameras

Published in Spring 2007 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Larry Gubas

See Pages 5 -10.

The Contarex camera spent nearly 10 years on the design drawing boards at Zeiss Ikon before it came to market in late 1959 and it was the most advanced camera of its day when announced. Plus, it had the most spectacular collection of interchangeable lenses but it was a hard sell. Why??? It was very expensive, quite heavy and the competition was not very far behind. This was still true as later models evolved. Plus it was regarded as so intricate that it was difficult to repair. Not so for the Japanese cameras that came soon after.

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