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1937 Zeiss Ikon Contax III

This is the famous Zeiss-Ikon Contax III which was produced between 1936 and 1942. During its production run, it was the worlds finest 35mm rangefinder camera. It was loaded with advanced features, a superb fit and finish. It was also very expensive, which meant that during the depression years of the 1930’s, only professional photographers or wealthy buyers could afford one.

The Contax III was the big brother of the Contax II and featured a finely constructed built-in light meter. It was so widely regarded that the German Kriegsmarine, issued the Contax III for use on naval ships and submarines as standard equipment.

The photos below were produced with a 1937 Contax III which we had the pleasure of servicing and selling. The current owner hails from Etzenricht, Germany and he was kind enough to share his photos with us.  These photos are courtesy of Florian Mueller.

Copyright 2020 Florian Mueller. All rights reserved.

These photos were taken with an uncoated f1.5/50mm Zeiss Sonnar lens

Photos 1 – 3 were taken on Kodak Portra 160

Photos 4 & 5 were taken on Kodak Tri-X

And photos 6 & 7 were taken on Ilford FP4+

All photos are right out of the scanner without any editing.

If you’d like to see more of Florian’s work here’s a link to his website: