sábado, 10 de noviembre de 2007

Zeiss Ikon Contax I

The Contax of 1932 exhibited a feature set very little different from what we would find today in a top rangefinder camera, including a black body. It had the longest rangefinder base (100mm) ever. The first Contax had a vertical travel, eleven blade, metal, focal plane shutter. Shutter speeds could be set, all from the same dial, up to 1/1000 second.

An extraordinary bayonet mount for attachment of interchangeable lenses. Interchangeable lenses were available with speeds up to fl.5. The Contax also had a detachable back to accommodate the changing of film.

Early Contax I ( Serie V )

The Contax I was in production from 1932 to 1936( 41.000 units manufactured) and by 1934 there were 12 lenses from 28mm to 500mm in the Carl Zeiss lens line.

Zeiss Ikon Contax I with Contameter 1343 accessories
Zeiss Ikon Contax I with the rare torpedo viewfinder for 135 mm

Zeiss Ikon Contax I f with early Tessar colapsable lens 1:3,5 f= 5 cm Nº 1270936, a very early Tessar lens from 1932

Four screws in the accesory shoes identifies the Contax f model, this model is considereded to be the most reliable variant of the early Contax cameras, because of the improved of Hubert Nerwin, chief designer at Zeiss Ikon, and his newly designed rotating prism rangefinder.

Contax I e, with Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 1:2 f= 5 cm rare transitional lens number 1629576 from 1935

Contax I with Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1:3,5 f= 5 cm serial number 2080031 from 1937

Zeiss Ikon Contax I latest model Nº Z 69057 with Sonnar Carl Zeiss lens
manufactured in 1935

Sonnar 1:2 f= 5 cm Nº 1660121
transitional lens from 1935

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