The History of the Pentacon Six
The Contax S
Contax decided to build the Flektoscope
into the camera body. This would in fact convert
Contax into a 35mm Single Lens Reflex Contax – a
Contax”) or “Contax S”. A 35mm SLR had of course
been produced by
Exakta & the oddly-shaped Russian Sport in 1936, but
the new Contax
was to add to the body a fixed pentaprism, giving
eye-level viewing with
an image that was the right way-up and the right way
the war, the company was unable to produce the camera,
but in 1948 the
Contax S was finally produced by the original Contax
factory in Dresden.
The camera itself bore the Zeiss Ikon logo but only the
with the “S” being added only in printed
literature. (Hummel p.207)
It abandoned the bayonet lens mounts of the pre-war
Contax (there were
two of them on each camera!), and adopted the M 42×1
that had been developed by another firm,
Dresden, for their Praktica cameras.
The camera was a world-wide success, but
the new Contax
company in Stuttgart, West Germany was getting ready to
of Contax rangefinder cameras which were only slightly
modified from the
Zeiss Ikon West Germany initiated legal action to prevent the Dresden factory using the Zeiss Ikon and Contax names on their new camera.
For information on a special, probably
unique, Contax S, see here.
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