Manufacturer: Zeiss Ikon, Stuttgart, Germany
Model: Contessa 35
Format: 35mm Coupled Rangefinder Folding camera
Lens: Zeiss-Opton Tessar 45mm f2.8
Shutter: Synchro-Compur 1s – 1/500 & Bulb
User Manual: PDF download
Browsing the eBay auction listings for Vintage Cameras is always a dangerous business. As soon as I clapped eyes on the Zeiss Ikon Contessa 35 folding camera, I knew I had to have one. What stunning looks! And sure enough, when she arrived, she was every bit as good in the flesh. She’s looking great for a pensioner!
My Contessa is a 2nd generation example 35mm folding rangefinder. It has a coupled rangefinder which lets you focus accurately through the rather small viewfinder, and a light meter (which shows the settings but, you have to manually set up the shutter speed and aperture before taking a shot). See my photos made with the Contessa.