Zeiss-Ikon Voigtländer Vitessa 1000SR (1968)

This is a Zeiss-Ikon Voigtländer Vitessa 1000SR, a 35mm rangefinder camera produced under both the Zeiss-Ikon and Voigtländer names from about 1967 to 1970.  This camera’s dual branding was a byproduct of Zeiss-Ikon’s 1965 merger with Voigtländer AG.  Despite having the Zeiss-Ikon name, the camera was entirely designed and built …

Zeiss-Ikon Cocarette 519/2 (1926)

This is a Zeiss-Ikon Cocarette 519/2, a folding bed camera that shoots 6cm x 9cm images on 120 roll film.  The Cocarette was considered a premium model in Zeiss-Ikon’s post merger catalog.  Originally a Contessa-Nettel model that was first produced around 1919, the Cocarette was continued under the Zeiss-Ikon brand …

Keppler’s Vault 52: Zeiss-Ikon Contarex

Earlier this week, I posted my take on the Zeiss-Ikon Contarex “Bullseye”.  Feedback to that article has been very good with most people who’ve handled it before, agreed with my assessment that while it was a pretty camera with an amazing Rube-Goldberg-like complexity, it wasn’t a very good user. Sometimes, …

Zeiss-Ikon Contarex Bullseye (1960)

This is the Contarex, a professional grade 35mm SLR camera produced by Zeiss-Ikon starting in 1960.  This first generation Contarex earned the nickname “Bullseye” for the large prominent circular exposure meter above the lens.  The Contarex was one of the first West German SLRs with a focal plane shutter, and …