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Zeiss Ikon Contina


Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2012-03-05

Zeiss Ikon Contina


Lens: Novar - Anastigmat 45mm f/3,5
Aperture: f/3,5 - f/22
5 bladed aperure
Shutter: Prontor-SVS
1/300 sec to 1 sec plus a Bulb setting

Takes standard 135film
24×36mm images format
Built in light meter

Zeiss Ikon Contina

Image quality

Not very impressive, it's somewhat okay in the center
Zeiss Ikon Contina
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  f/3,5 corner
Lousy corners. Image like this and you don't have any sharpness at all.
Zeiss Ikon Contina
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Getting a bit better but still far from impressed.
Zeiss Ikon
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f/5.6 - f/11 - f/22


It has problems with flares
Zeiss Ikon Contina

Build quality

Extremely good. You are more concern for the floor then the camera if you drop it.


I was really impressed of the build quality of this camera.
It feel just great and solid!
But it was a real downer when I got the results from my test roll.
The image quality is crap!
Makes one wonder what the guys at Zeiss was thinking in the 50s.
They just took a huge dump all over this by using this lousy lens on this great body, real shame.

Thumbs up:
Built quality and the feel of the camera
Built in light meter

Thumbs down:
Image quality is far from great

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Technical Info
Scanner: Plustek OpticFilm 7600i
Film: EFKE 25
Developer: Kodak D76
And I used a tripod for all the images.

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