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Contarex system

Discontinued

Zeiss Ikon Contarex

35mm film SLR camera

Announced: 1959
Format: 36 × 24mm

Zeiss Ikon Contarex Special

35mm film SLR camera

Announced: 1960
Format: 36 × 24mm

Zeiss Ikon Contarex Professional

35mm film SLR camera

Announced: 1966
Format: 36 × 24mm

Zeiss Ikon Contarex Super

35mm film SLR camera

Announced: 1967
Format: 36 × 24mm

Zeiss Ikon Contarex Super Electronic

35mm film SLR camera

Announced: 1968
Format: 36 × 24mm

Zeiss Ikon Contarex

35mm film SLR camera

Announced: 1959
Format: 36 × 24mm

Zeiss Ikon Contarex Special

35mm film SLR camera

Announced: 1960
Format: 36 × 24mm

Zeiss Ikon Contarex Professional

35mm film SLR camera

Announced: 1966
Format: 36 × 24mm

Zeiss Ikon Contarex Super

35mm film SLR camera

Announced: 1967
Format: 36 × 24mm

Zeiss Ikon Contarex Super Electronic

35mm film SLR camera

Announced: 1968
Format: 36 × 24mm

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. Interchangeable Zeiss lenses, specially computed for Contarex cameras, range from the 16mm fisheye to the super telephoto of 1000 mm focal length. 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.

Contarex mount camera lineup

35mm film SLR cameras with Contarex mount (5):

Zeiss Ikon Contarex (1959) • Zeiss Ikon Contarex Special (1960) • Zeiss Ikon Contarex Professional (1966) • Zeiss Ikon Contarex Super (1967) • Zeiss Ikon Contarex Super Electronic (1968)

Contarex mount lens lineup

Lenses found: 22
Fisheye lenses
Carl Zeiss Contarex F-Distagon 16mm F/2.8 1973
Ultra-wide angle prime lenses
Carl Zeiss Contarex Distagon 18mm F/4 1967
Carl Zeiss Contarex Biogon 21mm F/4.5Non-retrofocus 1958
Wide-angle prime lenses
Carl Zeiss Contarex Distagon 25mm F/2.8 1963
Carl Zeiss Contarex Distagon 35mm F/2 1965
Carl Zeiss Contarex Distagon 35mm F/4 1958
Carl Zeiss Contarex Blitz Distagon 35mm F/4 1966
Standard prime lenses
Carl Zeiss Contarex Planar 50mm F/2 1957
Carl Zeiss Contarex Blitz Planar 50mm F/2 1965
Carl Zeiss Contarex Tessar 50mm F/2.8 1960
Carl Zeiss Contarex S-Planar 50mm F/4 1963
Carl Zeiss Contarex Planar 55mm F/1.4 1961
Medium telephoto prime lenses
Carl Zeiss Contarex Planar 85mm F/1.4 1974
Carl Zeiss Contarex Sonnar 85mm F/2 1958
Carl Zeiss Contarex Olympia-Sonnar 135mm F/2.8 1964
Carl Zeiss Contarex Sonnar 135mm F/4 1958
Telephoto prime lenses
Carl Zeiss Contarex Olympia-Sonnar 180mm F/2.8 1966
Carl Zeiss Contarex Sonnar 250mm F/4 1959
Carl Zeiss Contarex Olympia-Sonnar 250mm F/4 1963
Super telephoto prime lenses
Carl Zeiss Contarex Tele-Tessar 400mm F/5.6 1970
Telephoto zoom lenses
Carl Zeiss Contarex Vario-Sonnar 40-120mm F/2.8 1966
Carl Zeiss Contarex Vario-Sonnar 85-250mm F/4 1966

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