REVIEW: Zeiss Ikon Contessa
Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-02-01
Introduced in: 1963 - 1965
Lens: Carl Zeiss Tessar 50mm f/2.8
Closest Focus: 1m (3.3ft)
Aperture: f/2.8 - f/22, 5 bladed
Shutter: 1/500 to 1/15 + B (Bulb)
Copal Leaf shutter
Light meter: Coupled Selenium cell, needle visible on top and in the viewfinder.
ISO 10 - 800
Flash: X sync connection
Weight: 600 g
Takes 135 film
24×36 negative size.
Good size and brightness.
Match needle for the light meter
Corner softness which is not complitly gone by f/8 but it's a quite gradual softness and don't feel that opposing.
Great image quality at all apertures.
Analogue B&W filmBuild quality
f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16 - f/22
Flare / Backlight
Very good and solid.
Look and feel:
Not that good looking and I like more the older folding Contessa 35.
But the nice and quality feel is still there.
Operating + Sounds
A tank that will problaly work for another 50 + years.
The little Zeiss lens are very good as expected.
Very nice quality feel but I like the older folding ver more in terms of looks.
Feature are quite few and a rangefinder would have been nice.
Good image quality
Bokeh / Flare
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