The History of the Pentacon Six
Contax D & E
The Zeiss Ikon factory in Dresden
responded by adding a small-sized capital letter D (for
Dresden) under the
Zeiss Ikon logo.
In 1952 the Contax S had another change
to the name on the faceplace. Instead of just
“Contax”, the name was “Contax D”, with the D appearing
after the name Contax, on the same line (known as
“Contax Big D” by collectors). The letters VEB
were added under the Zeiss Ikon logo (except for in some
overseas markets, for which the VEB was deliberately not
engraved on the camera).
The Contax E
Over the course of nearly ten years, there were various improvements, indicated by slight changes of name (Contax E, Contax F, etc). In 1955, the Contax E was produced. This had an uncoupled selenium exposure meter mounted above the prism – scarcely a new idea, as the 1936 Contax III had exactly the same kind of metering system, though of course without the prism.
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