Contax S camera

Display Location:
National Media Museum, Kodak Gallery
Made:
1948 in Germany
maker:
VEB Carl Zeiss Jena

Contax S camera Contax S, made by VEB Zeiss Ikon in Germany, 1949. The Contax S was launched at the Leipzig Spring Fair in 1949
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

VEB Carl Zeiss Ikon Jena, East Germany. Solid body 35mm refelx camera for 35mm film 24x36mm. Zeiss, Jena, Tessar lens F:5cm f/3.5-22, No 3220957, interchangeable, screw thread, helical focusing through pentaprism. Fabric focal plane shutter, horizontal travel 1/2/5/10/20/50/100/200/500/1000/B, delayed action lever. Body release, with lock-on time exposures. Film type and speed indicator on rewind knob. Knob windon.

Contax S, made by VEB Zeiss Ikon in Germany, 1949.

Solid body 35mm refelx camera for 35mm film 24x36mm. Zeiss, Jena, Tessar lens F:5cm f/3.5-22, No 3220957, interchangeable, screw thread, helical focusing through pentaprism. Fabric focal plane shutter, horizontal travel 1/2/5/10/20/50/100/200/500/1000/B, delayed action lever. Body release, with lock-on time exposures. Film type and speed indicator on rewind knob.

The Contax S was launched at the Leipzig Spring Fair in 1949. It was an innovative camera, and had a fixed eyelevel pentaprism finder. Together with the Rectaflex and the Alpa Prisma Reflex, the Contax S was one of the first pentaprism SLRs.

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National Science and Media Museum: Kodak Gallery

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Details

Category:
Photographic Technology
Object Number:
1990-5036/3923
Materials:
glass, leatherette, white metal (unknown)
type:
single lens reflex camera
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (form)
  • miniature camera
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (form)
  • reflex camera
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
status:
Permanent collection

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