Contaflex camera

Made:
1935 in Germany
maker:
Zeiss Ikon AG

Contaflex camera Contaflex camera made by Zeiss Ikon in Germany, 1935
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

Twin lens reflex camera for 35mm film 24 x 36mm. Bayonet fitting interchangeable lenses. Fitted with a Zeiss Sonnar lens F:5cm f/2-22 no.1659317. Viewing lens Zeiss Sucher Objectiv F:8cm f/2.8 no.1513535. With metal focal plane shutter 2/5/10/25/50/100/150/250/500/1000/B and delayed action. Built in exposure meter calibrated 6-21/10 DIN, 16 seconds - 1/1000sec, f/1.5-22. Ground glass reflex focussing screen - hood built in magnifier. Albada type sports finder in hood, screen with frames for 8.5cm and 13.5cm lenses. No.Y85072. Zeiss Ikon.

Contaflex camera made by Zeiss Ikon in Germany, 1935.

Fitted with a Zeiss Sonnar lens F:5cm f/2-22 no.1659317. Viewing lens Zeiss Sucher Objectiv F:8cm f/2.8 no.1513535. With metal focal plane shutter 2/5/10/25/50/100/150/250/500/1000/B and delayed action. Built in exposure meter calibrated 6-21/10 DIN, 16 seconds - 1/1000sec, f/1.5-22. Ground glass reflex focussing screen - hood built in magnifier. Albada type sports finder in hood, screen with frames for 8.5cm and 13.5cm lenses.

The original Contaflex was launched in 1935, although the name was reused in the 1950s for a range of SLR cameras. The Contaflex has a built-in selenium exposure meter and was the first such camera in the world with a built-in meter. It was also one of the most expensive cameras of the time, and used specially made lenses.

Details

Category:
Photographic Technology
Object Number:
1990-5036/1713
Materials:
glass and metal
type:
twin lens reflex camera
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (form)
  • reflex camera
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

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