Contax S camera, 1949-1951.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Contax S camera, 1949-1951.

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This 35 millimetre single lens reflex (SLR) camera was made by Zeis Ikon in East Germany. The 'S' stands for Spiegelflex (mirror reflex). The Contax S was the first postwar Zeis camera design and the first SLR to incorporate a pentaprism. It is generally regarded as being the father of all modern 35mm SLR cameras.

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