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Zeiss Ikon Contax II (523/24)
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Photos by TL/JCA text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of TL/JCA. Last update 2021-02-08 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Germany from 1936 to 1945.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 12070

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Launched in 1936, to do better than Leitz and its Leica!

It has an enormous telemetric basis of 90 mm. Its standard lens was a Sonar 1,5/50 mm.

The Contax II is the successor of Contax I with a vertical roller-blind shutter to the 1/1250 second, a viewfinder with magnification 0.75, combined with the rangefinder, on an unique viewfinder.
This camera was 20 years in advance on Leica m3.
The loading is done by the back which opens totally. Two keys close the back. The loading is not thus done by the sole as on Leica.

The production continued until 1944. The Russians be served at the end of the war, to make Kiev 4 of it.
Some rare models come out the factory ZEISS of Iena. in 1946

Picture 1 : Contax II with Sonar 2/5 cm

Picture 2 : Contax II with 1,5/5 cm
 

Zeiss Ikon Contax II
Avec Sonnar 2/5 cm


Zeiss Ikon Contax II

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Signal de 02/1941
Un Contax II avec un Sonnar de 1,5, voila de quoi faire rêver ceux qui disposaient de 585 Marks, et qui n'avaient pas d'autres soucis...
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