Zeiss Historica Spring 2006

Zeiss Historica Spring 2006

Although the Spring 2006 issue has only 4 articles, there’s some great stuff here.  First, we have Peter Dechert’s look at the Tenax, an 11 page article on Zeiss observatory telescopes, some Russian history, and an in depth look at one of Zeiss’s triplets, the Triotar.

Pg 2. Peter Dechert didn’t just know about Canon.  He had an appreciation for other makes too, and one of those is Hubert Nerwin’s Tenax.  The Tenax II realized his vision as a leaf shutter rangefinder with interchangeable lenses and rapid fire operation.

Pg 8. Peter Abrahams devotes 11 pages to Carl Zeiss’s observatory telescopes.  If you’ve ever been to a space observatory in the 20th century and looked through a telescope, there’s a good chance it was built by Zeiss.

Pg 19. The post war occupation of Jena by the Soviet Union was a very tumultuous time for Zeiss, of which much has been written.  Sean McSharry takes a look at what caused an apparent surge in lens production at Jena soon after Russian occupation in July 1945.

Pg 22. The relatively inexpensive Triotar isn’t one of Zeiss’s most well known lenses, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t any good.  It can be found on Nettars, Rolleis, and Contaxes so it’s worth a look.

Back Page. RIP Siegfried Kessler (1918 – 2006)

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