And now for something completely different

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by JDMvW, Oct 6, 2018.

  1. paradigm-changing cameras

    Carl Zeiss (Dresden)
    Contax S 1949
    the 'prototype' of eye-level pentaprism SLRs & its progeny
  2. Just superb... A great collection, JDM.
  3. Excellent collection. The earliest ad I can find for the Contax S was in an issue of US Camera magazine March 1950.

    US Camera 3-30 1 sm 2.jpg
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  4. Four Hundred and Seventy Five 1950 dollars!!!! WOW!
  5. Pentacon/Contax inconsistent pricing was one of the reasons, I think. that many early adopters dropped it. When you'd paid $400 for it, and then someone else got it for $200, you were not a happy camper.
  6. That explains why my dad never bought one. He told me once that he had to save for many months to buy the Voiglander Vitessa L (bought in 1955). At the time he was a Linotype operator at the local newspaper.
    No doubt he probably wanted one though.
  7. With the exception of the Pentacon FB (the one with the built-on light meter), I have always thought that this was one of the really aesthetically pleasing cameras.

    I'm not altogether sure how I ended up with so many of them, however.:rolleyes:
  8. Photo Pimp......
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  9. I beg to differ!

    I am more of a Photo Panderer!

    "What do camera vendors buy that is half so precious as what they sell?"
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  10. More cameras, obviously.....
  11. :) Its like the people who buy "junk" but only sell "antiques".:)
  12. I like the description of the "lifelike upright image".

    I do remember using a TLR, with the image left-right reversed, but otherwise upright.

    Did anyone ever make a TLR with the appropriate image correcting mirror?

    Also, the little mirror viewfinders on many old folding cameras reverse left and right,
    and you just got used to it.
  13. Some TLR had optional porro prism attachments to accomplish correct images. My dad had one for his Mamiya C33, but even with the 80mm f2.8 the image was somewhat dim. Rollei probably offered something similar, but I'm not sure about the other makes of TLR.
  14. I got a Hexacon with 50mm 2.8 Tessar in New York City in 1955. I recall two useful features. 1) Lens could be reversed and held against the lens mount with no light leaks to get very close up; 2) Angled shutter release very smooth so could flop mirror up first and then release shutter, thereby allowing for very slow handheld speeds.
  15. I was thinking of the mirror combination such that you would look down on the ground glass, but see the right image.

    I think it works with two mirrors with a 90 degree angle between them,
    though if it does work, I don't know why it wouldn't have been more common.

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