|Zeiss Ikon, Contina I (d) (526/24-mod), 35mm Camera, c1956|
Zeiss Contina I (modified). Although Zeiss was a respected maker of
quality cameras, it certainly wasn't above designing equipment for a wider
audience and these benefit from the Zeiss quality. The Contina first arrived
in 1951 as a folding design but the first of these rigid models arrived
in 1954. Although cheaper than other Zeiss products they were still quite
up market and the build quality is noticeably better than many of it's
contemporaries but there was a cost premium that went with it. This example
is probably unique, it's a one off rebuild of a Contina Ib with the light
meter, advance gears, shallow Prontor bevel and lens from the IIa.
The main casting is identical between the two models. The two cameras
that made it up were donated in January and March 2006, both with major
problems so the unusual approach of producing one from the two was adopted.
We have christened it the Contina I(d).
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Body No.R16183 (serial
of main casting)
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