Zeiss-Ikon Contessas

Me encantas las Zeiss Ikon Contessas.
Estas camaras se contruyeron entre 1960 y 1971 con un diseno muy simple en el que siempre habia un lente Tessar /2.8  (50 or 45mm).
El obturador era Pronto, Prontor, o algun otro de esa familia.
Varias tienen medidor de distancias y se saber por la letra E al final del nombre (E = Entfernunmesser)

El linake incluye una gran variedad de camaras (mas detalles en Este Sitio) :

 Nmo Zeiss
Modelo
Anos 
Lente
Obturador
 Notas
 10.0639 LBE
1965-1967
50mm Tessar
Prontor 500 LK
con Rangefinder
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           

10.0639 LBE 1965-1967 f2.8 50mm Tessar Prontor 500 LK range finder
10.0637 LK 1963-1965 f2.8 50mm Tessar Prontor 500 LK view finder
10.0638 LKE 1963-1965 f2.8 50mm Tessar Prontor 500 LK similar to LK but with range finder
10.0351 S-310 1971 f2.8 40mm Tessar Prontor 500 S viewfinder
10.0354 S-312 1971 f2.8 40mm Tessar Prontor 500 S similar to S-310 but with range finder
    Contessamat 1964-1965 f2.8 45mm Color Pantar Prontormatic viewfinder
10.0652 Contessamat SBE 1963-1967 f2.8 50mm Tessar P-matic 500SL rangefinder
10.0654 Contessamat SE 1963-1965 f2.8 45mm Color Pantar Prontormatic 500 rangefinder
Contessamat STE 1965 f2.8 50mm Tessar P-matic 500SL rangefinder
Contessamatic 1960-1961 f2.8 50mm Tessar Prontor SLK viewfinder
10.0645 Contessamatic E 1960-1963 f2.8 50mm Tessar Pr SLK Spezial range finder




I own and cherish a few non-Folding Contessas.
I believe these cameras are highly underrated, they brandish a 2.8 Tessar (50 or 45mm), a Pronto Shutter (several flavors) and some have rangefinders.
They are well built, and after 40+ years I have found that most lightmeters work after a little cleanup


The lineage contains the following (thanks to THIS SITE) :
Zeiss Nbr Model Years Lens Shutter Notes
10.0639 LBE 1965-1967 f2.8 50mm Tessar Prontor 500 LK range finder
10.0637 LK 1963-1965 f2.8 50mm Tessar Prontor 500 LK view finder
10.0638 LKE 1963-1965 f2.8 50mm Tessar Prontor 500 LK similar to LK but with range finder
10.0351 S-310 1971 f2.8 40mm Tessar Prontor 500 S viewfinder
10.0354 S-312 1971 f2.8 40mm Tessar Prontor 500 S similar to S-310 but with range finder
Contessamat 1964-1965 f2.8 45mm Color Pantar Prontormatic viewfinder
10.0652 Contessamat SBE 1963-1967 f2.8 50mm Tessar P-matic 500SL rangefinder
10.0654 Contessamat SE 1963-1965 f2.8 45mm Color Pantar Prontormatic 500 rangefinder
Contessamat STE 1965 f2.8 50mm Tessar P-matic 500SL rangefinder
Contessamatic 1960-1961 f2.8 50mm Tessar Prontor SLK viewfinder
10.0645 Contessamatic E 1960-1963 f2.8 50mm Tessar Pr SLK Spezial range finder


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Zeiss Ikon Contessa

Contessa was the name given to a family of cameras produced by Zeiss Ikon in Stuttgart between 1950-1955 and 1960-1971. These were mid to high-end rangefinder/viewfinder cameras.

These camera was designed by Hubert Nerwin, as part of the effort to rebuild the Zeiss Ikon name after WWII. The early folding rangefinder variants were like derived from the Super Ikonta's conception since they had that characteristic extra lens for the coupled rangefinder. The original name for the folding Contessa's camera design was Ikonta 35.

Folding Contessa

Produced between 1950-1955 it was a high end 35mm folding camera with catalog number 533/24. Zeiss Ikon took all detail into account for design and built, highly over-engineered by today's standard, the feel of them is different. It is not only the outside appearance, with lots of chrome used, a small screw that keeps the camera levelled when placed on a table, and a solid feel, but also the balance of the camera in the hands. The Contessas were fitted with the 45mm/2.8 Tessar lens, which is a great performer even by today's standards. Some had the coated Opton and T* lenses.Lightmeter is an uncoupled selenium meter, that covered a wide range of EVs.

The first Folding Contessa was produced between 1950-53 and had a Compur Rapid shutter and the second version 1953-55 a Synchro-Compur (1-500+B)

Folding Contessa cameras
Zeiss NbrModelYearsLensShutterNotes
533/24351950-1953f2.8 45mm TessarCompur RapidX synch, folding
533/24351953-1955f2.8 45mm TessarSynchro CompurMX synch, folding

The non-folding Contessas

Between 1960-1970 the name was used again for a family of non-folding cameras that included Contessa, Contessamatic and Contessamat. Initially the same name and catalog number was used, but later it was changed to a new catalog numberThe letter E (entfernungsmesser) was added to the name of the cameras to indicate the presence of a rangefinder. In the mid-60s the Contessamat line came in production, these cameras had a speed priority system that allowed for an AUTO operation. The lens was a Color-Pantar 45/2.8 or a Tessar 50/2.8


List of Non-Folding Contessa cameras
Zeiss NbrModelYearsLensShutterNotes
533/24351960-1961f2.8 50mm TessarProntorrange finder
10.0637LK1963-1965f2.8 50mm TessarProntor 500 LKview finder
10.0638LKE1963-1965f2.8 50mm TessarProntor 500 LKsimilar to LK but with range finder
10.0639LBE1965-1967f2.8 50mm TessarProntor 500 LKrange finder

Contessamatic1960-1961f2.8 50mm TessarProntor SLKviewfinder
10.0645Contessamatic E1960-1963f2.8 50mm TessarPr SLK Spezialrange finder

Contessamat1964-1965f2.8 45mm Color PantarProntormaticviewfinder
10.0652Contessamat SBE1963-1967f2.8 50mm TessarP-matic 500SLrangefinder
10.0654Contessamat SE1963-1965f2.8 45mm Color PantarProntormatic 500rangefinder

Contessamat STE1965f2.8 50mm TessarProntormatic 500SLrangefinder
10.0351S-3101971f2.8 40mm TessarProntor 500 Sviewfinder
10.0354S-3121971f2.8 40mm TessarProntor 500 Ssimilar to S-310 but with range finder

At the end of the life of the West German Zeiss Ikon company, two very innovative cameras branding he name Contessa came to life, S310 and S312. These cameras were developed by Voigtländer and after the merger of the two companies came to the market under the Contessa S-31x and the Voigtländer VF 101 name simultaneously. Auto exposure control made them ideal for the new point-and-shoot market in the 1970s.

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