Contarex system


The name Zeiss Ikon is synonymous with photography because Zeiss Ikon contributed with innumerable inventions and many new technical developments to the rapid growth of the photographic industry and was a pioneer in revolutionary camera designs over several decades.

Among the great achievements of the Zeiss Ikon, the Contarex cameras ranked first. They combined the features of two leading designs of the time: the famous Contax rangefinder camera with interchangeable lens mount and the unique Contaflex SLR camera. Contarex models were the ultimate in perfection of 35mm SLR cameras.

Contarex series cameras were equipped with some of the finest lenses as far as workmanship, material and performance are concerned. The interchangeable Carl Zeiss lenses especially computed for the Contarex were in rapid-change bayonet mounts and ranged from the 16mm fisheye to the super telephoto of 1000 mm focal length. All air-to-glass surfaces were hard coated for increased light transmission and greater image contrast. The lenses were carefully matched for color rendition.

Highest precision in camera construction and the unsurpassed performance of the Zeiss lenses made the Contarex system the acme of photographic development and suitable for use by the most exacting professionals, scientists and ambitious amateurs.

Camera lineup

Contarex mount lens lineup

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