Contaflex 126 - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Contaflex 126

1967

Zeiss-Ikon

Stuttgart

West Germany

Image of Contaflex 126

Lens:
f2.8, 45 mm Color-Pantar, automatic iris diaphragm to f22. Depth-of-field scale. Interchangeable bayonet mount.

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1/30 - 1/500. Vertical movement of blinds. X and M flash synchronisation.

Construction:
Metal body.

Format:
28 x 28 mm exposures using 126 cartridge.

Focusing:
Helical to 2 feet.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through taking lens. Roof pentaprism finder, split-image rangefinder and ground glass circle on focusing screen with Fresnel condenser. Mirror trips and is raised by spring.
Auto-stop on film advance. Film advance tensions the shutter.
CdS through-the-lens metering, coupled to shutter and aperture giving semi-automatic operation. Aperture is automatically set after setting the shutter speed. View-finder displays meter needle moving over aperture scale.

Serial Number:
N74254 .

With:
Case.

This is a Contaflex in name only, it lacks the build quality of other models with extensive use being made of plastic and cheaper materials. At 131 for a model fitted with a Tessar lens the camera was not cheap (a Contaflex BC cost 158). 126 cameras were mostly aimed at the lower end of the market, being the successors to the box camera of a generation earlier. The Contaflex 126, along with models from Rollei and Kodak, had features such as reflex viewing and metering found on high-end 35 mm cameras but were still aimed at the those new to photography who appreciated the easy film loading provided by the 126 cartridge and simplicity of use. The Contaflex had semi-automatic metering, only the shutter speed had to be set, and automatic sensing of the film speed (read from the film cartridge). The shutter speeds were limited, with no slow speeds or even a B setting being provided. The lens was fully removable and interchangeable with wide-angle and telephoto options. The camera was available in black or chrome finish.

Accessories
  • f4 25 mm Distagon.
  • f2.8 32 mm Distagon.
  • f2.8 50 mm Tessar.
  • f2.8 50 mm Color-Pantar.
  • f2.8 85 mm Sonnar.
  • f4 135 mm Tele-Tessar.
  • f4 200 mm Tele-Tessar.
  • Reprophot copying stand.
  • Right angle finder (20.1614).
  • Filters B50 fitting.
  • Close-up lenses (B50): 0.2 m, 0.3 m, 0.5 m, 1.0 m, 2.0 m. (20.0846-50).
  • Lens hood (S56 fitting).

Code Names:
10.1102 - Camera

References & Notes:
Blue_Book 1968-69, p. 29.

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