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Zeiss Ikon Contessa LK

Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-02-01

Zeiss Ikon Contessa LK

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
Battery: None
Flash: X sync connection
Weight: 600 g

Takes 135 film
24×36 negative size.


Good size and brightness.

Match needle for the light meter

Image quality

Wide open:
Great sharpness
Corner softness which is not complitly gone by f/8 but it's a quite gradual softness and don't feel that opposing.
No vignetting

Great image quality at all apertures.

Analogue B&W film
Zeiss Ikon Contessa LK
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f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16 - f/22

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Flare / Backlight
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Build quality

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
Zeiss Ikon Contessa LK


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.

Thumbs up:
Good image quality
Bokeh / Flare
Build quality

Thumbs down:
Few features

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Technical Info
Scanner: Plustek OpticFilm 7600i
Film: AGFA CINEREX (X-ray film)
Developer: Kodak D76

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