Tag Archives: VEB Carl Zeiss Jena

Zeiss Lenses in Leica screw mount

Published in Autumn 2006 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Larry Gubas

See Pages 2 – 6.

While Carl Zeiss Jena did make a few of the Sonnar and Biogon lenses that were the patent based property of Zeiss Ikon in the Leica M39 screw mount, they were very few until the German military made such demands. In 1945, the Americans jumped on the same bandwagon for their Leicas and after July 1, 1945, The Russians ordered them as well for their Fed cameras (which was M39 but at a different screw pitch) and so they ended up on the German market to secure cash for the Russians and to some extent VEB Carl Zeiss Jena.

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The early postwar years at Carl Zeiss Jena (Jena Contax)

Published in Spring 2003 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Werner Widder (with commentary by Larry Gubas)

See Page 2 – 6.

A retired VEB Carl Zeiss Jena worker relates his experiences as a constructor of the Contax reverse engineered camera in Jena for placement in Kiev in 1947 but the firm still managed to manufacture the Jena Contaxes from 1947 – 1950 in order to bring in needed currency to rebuilt the firm.

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The Jenaflex AM-1 and the Jenaflex AC-1 (Cameras)

Published in Autumn 2000 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Peter Hennig

See Page 20 – 23.

An illumination of the Jenaflex (formerly Praktica) cameras that were given the Carl Zeiss Jena trademark when the VEB Pentacon Dresden was placed under the management of the VEB Carl ZEiss JEna in 1985.

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Ivory Postwar Contax II and Lenses Surface in Europe

Published in Spring 1987 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Charles Barringer

See Page 10 – 11.

The East German version of VEB Carl Zeiss Jena was contracted by the Russian occupying power to make a reverse engineered version of the Contax II and III.  After it was moved to Kiev in Ukraine, the VEB  continued to make a version of the camera and made some examples with lizard skin and an ivory exterior paint to see if it was something that the market would accept. It was made in very limited numbers.

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Diesel Engines from Zeiss Jena

Published in Spring 1993  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Joachim  Arnz

See Page 4 – 5.

The author, who is a lifetime resident of Jena, contributes an article about a little known VEB Carl Zeiss Jena product. The product is a series of diesel engines for model airplanes. This was from a time in the early 1950’s when the firm explored many different consumer markets for products that would bring in much needed currency to this Zeiss firm in East Germany. The article also includes some very rare illustrations of the product.

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The Jena Contax: Brief History and Spotters Guide

Published in Spring 1999  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Charles Barringer

See Page 9 – 13

An observers overview of the Jena Contax camera which was reverse engineered under contract from the Russian military force to be manufactured in the USSR.  However, the astute Germans kept a secret copy of the newly drawn technical drawings and manufactured the camera using the Zeiss Ikon trademark from 1947 – 1950.

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The Black Contax II Is Not a Myth.

Published in Autumn 1995 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Stefan Baumgartner

See Page 12 – 13.

The author has examined a large number of the special Jena Contax cameras and has been able to confirm that a small number were made as examples rather than prototypes for evaluation in the period from 1947 to 1950. He shows examples of two different versions where the camera body was all black (except for the accessory shoe and others where the body was black and the camera top panel was chrome. This last is said to be “half black.”

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After Dresden: The migration to Jena & Kiev (cameras)

Published in Spring 2001 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Larry Gubas

See Page 16 – 21.

Some preliminary research into the Contax situation after WOrld War II after a trip to Dresden and Jena. Some assumptions are valid but would be refined in later publication with interviews with workers from post war Jena with regard to this subject.

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