Contaflex Super (Old) - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Contaflex Super (Old)




West Germany

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f2.8, 50 mm Tessar, automatic iris diaphragm to f22. Depth-of-field scale. Fixed lens with removable, bayonet mount, front cell for wide-angle or telephoto attachments. Serial no. 2784117 .

Synchro-Compur, speeds 1 - 1/500, B. Delayed action. X, M Flash synchronisation.

Metal body.

36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm film in cassette. Two Contax cassettes can be used or one standard cassette with re-wind.

Helical to 2.5 feet.

Reflex viewing through taking lens. Roof pentaprism finder, split-image rangefinder and microprism on focusing screen with Fresnel condenser.
Auto-stop on film advance. Film advance tensions the shutter. Film advance and shutter inter-linked for double and blank exposure prevention.
Coupled selenium meter. Film speed setting: ASA 10 - 1300. Meter needle visible in view-finder and on top plate. The meter needle is set against an index by moving a wheel on the front of the camera which sets the aperture. Exposure counter. Interchangeable film magazine.

Serial Number:
R73648 .


  • f3.2, 35 mm Pro-Tessar attachment. Focus to 16". Serial no. 3525633.
  • f3.2, 85 mm Pro-Tessar attachment. Focus to 6'. With lens cap. Serial no. 4498413.
  • f4, 115 mm Pro-Tessar attachment. Focus to 10'. With lens cap. Serial no. 3808842.
  • Pro-Tessar M 1:1 attachment. With front and rear lens caps. Case. Serial no. 2769237.
  • 8 x 30B monocular (equivalent to f16, 400 mm lens). Focus to 1 metre scaled to 6 metre. In case. Serial no. 642865.
  • S27 size filters for 50 mm lens: UV, in case, box; Ikolor B 2.5x, in case; Ikolor C; Contapol polarizer, in leather case, instructions.
  • S49 size filters for 35 mm lens: G2 Yellow, in plastic case, box; GR2 Green.
  • S60 size filters for 85 mm lens: G Yellow; GR2 Green, in plastic case.
  • S67 size filters for 115 mm lens: UV; Ikolor C.
  • S27 lens cap. S27 rubber lens hood. S60 metal lens hood. S67 metal lens hood.
  • Proxars, push-on A28.5 size for 50 mm lens: 1m, 0.5 m, 0.3 m, 0.2 m, in cases and boxes.
  • Instruction book. Guarantee. Focusing tables for supplementary lenses.
  • Two interchangeable film magazines, 5 - 1300 ASA 6 - 33 DIN. One in case.
  • Right-angle finder.
  • Outfit case for 3 lenses, 3 S27 lens attachments, 1 49 mm filter, 1 60 mm filter, 1 67 mm filter and 1 magazine.
  • Universal outfit case.
  • Ever-ready case. Box for camera.

This model replaced the model IV. A coupled meter was fitted, after setting the shutter speed the meter needle was aligned to an index by rotating a wheel on the front of the camera this set the aperture to be used. The speed and aperture were then cross coupled. The meter needle was visible in finder and in a window on the top plate. The camera could be used with interchangeable backs and a rapid wind lever was fitted.

The Pro-Tessar M 1:1 was available in two different fittings for either early or later computations of the prime 5 cm lens, the change occurred in the early 1960s.

8 x 30b Monocular
The monocular shown here is the second version with focusing at the objective lens, an earlier version had eye-piece focusing. The third version had a straight tube using roof prisms.

Universal Outfit Case
This holds a camera (with magazine back), 2 Pro-Tessar lenses, Monocular, 1 additional magazine, 3 lens hoods, proxars and filters. The third Pro-Tessar can be included if it is attached to the camera rather than the standard lens. Later versions of the case had red lining and elastic straps to hold either the old or new-style monocular. A large steel spring in the folding part of the case holds the neck strap.

Code Names:
1053 - Lens cap. 1109 - Rubber lens hood. 909/1 - 1m Proxar. 909/0.5 - 0.5 m Proxar. 909/0.3 - 0.3 m Proxar. 909/0.2 - 0.2 m Proxar. 23.0202 - Outfit case. 20.0302 - Interchangeable magazine. 20.7855 - Magazine case. 383 - S49 filters. 357 - Green filter. 1132 - S60 hood. 23.0206 - Universal outfit case.

Further Information:
For a list of Contaflex models see Contaflex Models and lenses.

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