Tag Archives: Zeiss

up close and personal

Toronto. I took this shot in October 2014 with a century old Zeiss licensed, Krauss made Tessar 35mm f/3.5 at f/22 after looking at the soil sample under a Leitz stereo microscope using 12.5x, 50x, and 100x magnification. The Tessar … Continue reading

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pus ça change

Toronto. It is said that the more things change, the more they are the same. Like the Zeiss Sonnar lens for example. Larry Gubas in his massive text “Zeiss and Photography” shows the Sonnar as it was initially sold in … Continue reading

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way too much, way too late

Toronto. The Contarex was Zeiss-Ikon’s SLR flagship. With some 1,100 plus precision measured components, it was an engineer’s dream – and a repairman’s nightmare. The $500 US  “Bulls-eye” Contarex was announced at the 1958 Photokina but didn’t hit the shelves … Continue reading

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das Nettar das ist gut

Toronto. Ahhh, “the Nettar – that is good”, as they say in Europe. Your collection should have at least one German folder. The Nettar, as it was known, was also called the BOB in Germany. It was a less expensive … Continue reading

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just give me a ring …

Toronto. With the sudden burst of growth in the minicam industry, major players like Leitz and Zeiss produced a large variety of lenses, camera models and attachments to make their little marvels suitable to tackle almost any photography job imaginable. … Continue reading

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the trouble with normal …

Toronto. … is it always gets worse, or so sang Bruce Cockburn in the early 1980s in the song he wrote of the same name. Shown at left is the famous Zeiss Planar 80mm f/2.8 lens used as a normal … Continue reading

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… and how do you like your steak?

Toronto. Medium? Well, for the Hasselblad it is a 150mm lens that is a medium. Medium telephoto that is. Great for portraits on a Hasselblad, that is. Like a 90mm Elmar on a Leica. At an auction a while back … Continue reading

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need a Flektogon 25mm plus an Exakta?

Toronto. The Exakta brand is well known in collector and user circles. Exaktas were the earliest 35mm (kine) SLRs and were available new into the 1960s. The Flektogon f/4 25mm lens made by Zeiss Jena was only made for about … Continue reading

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Zeiss and Photography book goes on sale

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Toronto. Larry Gubas has asked Petra Kellers at Camerabooks to discount his opus on the iconic Zeiss organization and its involvement in photography. This massive 7 pound book has letter size pages in full colour plus an added DVD containing … Continue reading

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doctor, doctor gimme the news

Toronto.I got a bad case of lovin’ you … or so the late Robert Palmer sang back in 1979 on his album titled “Secrets“. Dr Rudolf Krugener founded a camera company in Frankfurt a Main, Germany in 1885 to make … Continue reading

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