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1958

Contarex system

Discontinued

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

Fisheye lenses
2.8 Carl Zeiss Contarex F-Distagon T* 16mm F/2.8 1973 
Ultra-wide angle prime lenses
4.0 Carl Zeiss Contarex Distagon 18mm F/4Pro 1967 
4.5 Carl Zeiss Contarex Biogon 21mm F/4.5 B56Non-retrofocusPro 1958 
Wide-angle prime lenses
2.8 Carl Zeiss Contarex Distagon 25mm F/2.8 B56 1963 
4.0 Carl Zeiss Contarex Distagon 35mm F/4 B56 1958 
4.0 Carl Zeiss Contarex Blitz Distagon 35mm F/4 B56 1966 
2.0 Carl Zeiss Contarex Distagon 35mm F/2 B56 1965 
Standard prime lenses
4.0 Carl Zeiss Contarex S-Planar 50mm F/4 B56 1963 
2.8 Carl Zeiss Contarex Tessar 50mm F/2.8 B56 1960 
2.0 Carl Zeiss Contarex Planar 50mm F/2 B56 1957 
2.0 Carl Zeiss Contarex Blitz Planar 50mm F/2 B56 1965 
1.4 Carl Zeiss Contarex Planar 55mm F/1.4 B56 1961 
Short telephoto prime lenses
2.0 Carl Zeiss Contarex Sonnar 85mm F/2 B56 1958 
1.4 Carl Zeiss Contarex Planar T* 85mm F/1.4 E67 1974 
Medium telephoto prime lenses
4.0 Carl Zeiss Contarex Sonnar 135mm F/4 B56 1958 
2.8 Carl Zeiss Contarex Olympia-Sonnar 135mm F/2.8 B56 1964 
2.8 Carl Zeiss Contarex Olympia-Sonnar 180mm F/2.8 E67 1966 
4.0 Carl Zeiss Contarex Sonnar 250mm F/4 E67 1959 
4.0 Carl Zeiss Contarex Olympia-Sonnar 250mm F/4 E67 1963 
Super telephoto prime lenses
5.6 Carl Zeiss Contarex Tele-Tessar 400mm F/5.6 E77Pro 1970 
5.6 Carl Zeiss Contarex Mirotar 1000mm F/5.6 1964 
Macro lenses
3.5 Carl Zeiss Contarex Tessar 115mm F/3.5 B561:1For bellowsPro 1962 
Shift lenses
4.0 Schneider-KREUZNACH Contarex PA-Curtagon 35mm F/4Pro 1966 
Standard zoom lenses
2.8 Carl Zeiss Contarex Vario-Sonnar 40-120mm F/2.8 B96, E67 1966 
Telephoto zoom lenses
4.0 Carl Zeiss Contarex Vario-Sonnar 85-250mm F/4 B96, E67 1966 

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