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REVIEW: Zeiss Ikon Contessa 35 - 533/24

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-06-11

Zeiss Ikon Contessa 35 - 533/24

Made between 1950-1955.
There were also a later non-folding ver with the same name but not the same lens and shutter.

Specs:


Lens: Zeiss - Opton Tessar 45mm f/2.8
Closest Focus: 0.8m (2.6ft)
Aperture: f/2.8 - f/22
Shutter: 1/500 to 1s + B (Bulb)
Copal Leaf shutter from Synchro-Compur.
Earlier ver came with a Compur Rapid.
Light meter: Uncoupled selenium meter
Battery: None
Flash: PC sync.
Weight: 610g

Double-exposure prevention
Coupled Rangefinder

Takes 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.


Viewfinder:

Very simple and fairly small and dark, but do the job.
The coupled rangefinder works very well and I found it quite easy to find focus.


Image quality


Analogue B&W film

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                                                          Ikon Contessa
                                                          35 - 533/24
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                                                          Ikon Contessa
                                                          35 - 533/24
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                                                          Ikon Contessa
                                                          35 - 533/24
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                                                          Ikon Contessa
                                                          35 - 533/24
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                                                          Ikon Contessa
                                                          35 - 533/24
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                                                          Ikon Contessa
                                                          35 - 533/24
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                                                          Ikon Contessa
                                                          35 - 533/24
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                                                          Ikon Contessa
                                                          35 - 533/24
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                                                          Ikon Contessa
                                                          35 - 533/24


Bokeh
Zeiss Ikon
                                                      Contessa 35 -
                                                      533/24
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                                                          Ikon Contessa
                                                          35 - 533/24


Flare
Zeiss Ikon Contessa
                                              35 - 533/24



More sample images can be found at:
http://www.sample-image.com/zeiss-ikon-contessa-35-53324/




Build quality

Will not get much better and is all metal and very solid.
The feel and look are just great.

 
Operating
Zeiss Ikon Contessa 35 - 533/24

Conclusion


What a camera!
Also a beautiful one and with great feel.
Zeiss made this to look like its older and bigger brother: Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta B 532/16.

It's a fun camera to use and it works very well.
Bit on the heavy side for a compact 135 film camera.
But it's very well balanced and fits quite well in the hand.

All the dials for the aperture, shutter etc. do feel quite cluttered at first and they squeezed quite a lot into a small place.
Did happen that I turned the shutter speed instead of the focus in the beginning.
But it worked very well after some use.


It have a nice Tessar lens with their famous red T.
So one expect great things from a lens like this and I can't say that was disappointed.

Great sharpness, contrast and bokeh.
Handel's flares very well and I haven't had any problems at backlight.
Corner are a bit soft at bigger apertures which is quite common from these type of lens and age.


A peace of art that looks great in a camera collation as well as a great one to use.


Thumbs up:
Good image quality
Bokeh / Flare
Build quality, Look and Feel

Thumbs down:




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