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 …