Zeiss Historica Spring 2016

Zeiss Historica Spring 2016

The Goerz Hypergon is one of the strangest looking lenses ever made.  A wide angle for medium and large format, it uses a star shaped aperture that helped control the amount of light that entered it.

Pg 2. Larry Gubas takes us through the early years of Zeiss-Ikon after their merger in 1926.

Pg 8. A Special Instrument for Theater Photography appears to be a one off camera built from a Ermanox camera using a 16.5cm f/1.8 Ernostar lens.

Pg 9. A Benchmark for Contax Prototype Lenses.  Want to see a 1.9 cm f/8 super side angle lens in Contax mount?

Pg 17. The Zeiss Orthometar was an uncommon series of lenses that included the 3.5 cm f/4.5 shown in the article.

Pg 19. Contax cameras were sold with a whole host of accessories and lenses, and for the photographer who had many of them, a specialized case to carry everything was needed.  Here is a look at a few of those cases.

Pg 20. The Elusive Bifort.  Larry tells a story about how a picker in 1986 contacted him about an obscure pair of binoculars he had found and wanted more information on.

Pg 22. Most casual camera historians know that in 1926 Zeiss-Ikon was founded by merging 4 Dresden area optics companies together, but that only scratches the surface of many other smaller companies that are all part of the Zeiss-Ikon family tree.


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