Tag Archives: Zeiss Ikon

Exclusively Zeiss Ikon

Published in Autumn 1999  Zeiss Historica Journal

Authors: Joseph K. Brown; John D. Baca

See Page 14 – 18

The story of the Super Ikonta B: a 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” format rangefinder camera that was without equal for most of its life span. No other photographic manufacturer even ventured into the rangefinder market for this size format. It was wildly popular and pocket-able.

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Zeiss Ikon 1926-1971

Published in Autumn 2007 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Hans Letsche

See Pages 15 – 20.

A printing of the text and documentation of a talk given to the First Western Photohistory Symposium in 1980 by the manager of the Photo Lens Division of Carl Zeiss who was the man who managed the closure of the Zeiss Ikon and Stuttgart factories in 19171. The talk covered much of the Zeiss Ikon history as well as the need for closure.

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The Birth of Zeiss Ikon (History)

Published in Spring 1984 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Larry Gubas

See Page 7 – 10.

The first Zeiss Historica publication about the merger of several major Photographic and Optical/Mechanical firms into Zeiss Ikon in 1926. It still stands the test of time but much more would be learned in the coming years inside the Zeiss Historica Journal.

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New Shutter & Tapes for a Zeiss Miroflex

Published in Autumn 1990  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Frank Paca

See Page 13 – 15.

The author describes and illustrates his project of restoring a Zeiss Ikon Miroflex focal plane camera from the late 1920’s – mid 1930’s. He discusses the design of the shutter by Dr. Nagel from its days at Contessa Nettel and the replacement of the shutter cloth and tapes. The article includes three large illustrations.

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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 Icarette-Ikonta Connection (Cameras)

Published in Autumn 1989  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Joseph K. Brown

See Page 10 – 11

The author discusses the migration of the small in size  Icarette 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” camera from Ica into the Super Ikonta B from Zeiss Ikon with the addition of the combined viewfinder and faster lens.

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Emanuel Goldberg (History)

Published in Spring 1985 Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Larry Gubas

See Page 14.

An early example of research into the life of Professor Emanuel Goldberg who led the firms of Ica and Zeiss Ikon and was the senior manager of those firms during the critical period of the merger and the integration of the predecessor firms. This was printed before  the scholarly work of Professor Michael Buckland of the University of California at Berkeley came to be published in exquisite and high level detail.

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