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Zeiss Ikon Contessa - Found My Everyday Rangefinder

Discussion in 'Rangefinder Forum' started by Colorado CJ, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. falotico

    falotico Subscriber

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    I have the Contessa my father bought in 1954 and it takes the best 35 mm color photos I have ever seen.
     
  2. chip j

    chip j Subscriber

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    Slides or print film?
     
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    Colorado CJ

    Colorado CJ Subscriber

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    Ron, just reread this. Have you tried the trick to get the light meter to work? It's pretty easy to do and seems to get most of these Contessa meters to work again.

    http://elekm.net/zeiss-ikon/repair/meter-repair/
     
  4. Ron789

    Ron789 Subscriber

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    Thanks for this advice and link! i tried it but unfortunately the meter still does not respond to any light at all. Ah well, no problem. I use a separate light meter, often being an app on my phone.
     
  5. GRHazelton

    GRHazelton Subscriber

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    I have 2 Retina IIIc's one inoperative with the f2 Xenon, the other operating with the f2 Heligon. I agree, the Contessa feels more solid in some intangible way. But the Retina is perhaps a better everyday shooter, with its faster lens and coupled film advance/shutter cocking. But of the two cameras if forced to make a choice I'd keep the Contessa.
     
  6. wastelanded

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    Oh great, GAS attack...what a little gem of a camera.