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ZEISS IKON AG - Contaflex IV  (1957 - 1959)

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The iron curtain which separated Germany after WWII did not only split the country in two parts but it also kept separated from each other many sites of large German companies such as Zeiss Ikon. This one became Zeiss Ikon AG on the west side and VEB Zeiss Ikon Dresden on the other side.


Contaflex IV with Tessar 1:2,8 f=50mm

The Contaflex IV is the fourth of a range of Single Lens Reflex (SLR) developped by the Zeiss Ikon AG company, starting 1953.

It has similar characteristics as the version III but with a built-in exposure meter. This one is protected by a pivoting door on the left of the body face.

The mirror is non-auto-return; when realeasing the shutter, the mirror flips up and the view screen goes black. This is the similar issue as for the Savoyflex I.

The shutter is a Synchro-Compur offering speeds from 1s to 1/500░sec.

The lens is a 1:2,8 f=50mm Tessar which can be removed and replaced by one of the other available focal lengths :

bullet1:3,2 or 1:4 f=35mm Pro-Tessar
bullet1:3,2 or 4 f=85mm Pro-Tessar
bullet1:4 f=115mm Pro-Tessar

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