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The ill fate of perfume bottle shaped digital cameras...

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According to the British Journal of Photography, the manufacture of Contax and Kyocera branded 35mm film cameras has ceased, and digital products are to follow by the end of the year.

Hopefully, the brand Contax will survive after a successful career of more than 70 years, as it seems that the 645 range will continue in production for the foreseeable future.

As a strange twist of fate, Contax's latest digital camera, the Contax i4R was shaped like a perfume bottle, like the Sora T30, which concluded Toshiba's digital camera adventure...

The Beginning of Contax

In 1932, Zeiss Ikon produced the Contax. A product that graced the top of the Zeiss Ikon line. This philosophy was different from Leica, who produced only Leica cameras. There were simple Leicas and very sophisticated ones, but the Contax represented the top of the Zeiss Ikon line.

The Contax of 1932 exhibited a feature set very little different from what we would find today in a top rangefinder camera, including a black body. It had the longest rangefinder base (100mm) ever. The first Contax had a vertical travel, eleven blade, metal, focal plane shutter. Shutter speeds could be set, all from the same dial, up to 1/1000 second. An extraordinary bayonet mount for attachment of interchangeable lenses. Interchangeable lenses were available with speeds up to fl.5. The Contax also had a detachable back to accommodate the changing of film. The Contax I was in production from 1932 to 1938, and by 1934 there were 12 lenses from 28mm to 500mm in the Carl Zeiss lens line

More information on the Contax / Kyocera / Yashica history you'll find here:
The History of Contax
The Yashica Old SLR Homepage
Carl Zeiss - The past in focus

Additional information: Visit.Contax Cameras UK
March 4, 2005
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