Contax S - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Contax S

1949

VEB Zeiss-Ikon

Dresden

German Democratic Republic

Image of Contax S

Lens:
f2, 58 mm Biotar, pre-set iris diaphragm to f22. Depth-of-field scale. 42 mm screw mount. Serial no. 3538648 .

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1 - 1/1000, B. Delayed action.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm film held in cassette.

Focusing:
Helical to 1.75 feet.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through taking lens.
Film advance tensions the shutter. Auto-stop on film advance.

Serial Number:
23511 .

The Contax S was the first single-lens reflex with a roof pentaprism it also introduced the M42 x 1 lens thread later used on the Praktica, Edixa and Pentax cameras. The Contax set the pattern for 35 mm cameras for many years to come.

Early versions of the S have no delayed action.

Further Information:
Dechert, Contax S Family.

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