Photographica Pages

An online guide to collectable cameras and related stuff


The Contessa line was designed to fill the market niche of affluent people who did not consider themselves photographers, but who wanted, and could afford the cost of a simple to use camera of high quality. This was the same market segment that Kodak marketed the Retina to. Even though the Zeiss were usually a step ahead in design, and the quality was always just as good, the superior marketing of Kodak (read massive advertising budget) dominated this market.

Zeiss Ikon Contessa 35 (533/24)

Zeiss Ikon Contessa LK, LKE and LBE

Zeiss Ikon Contessamatic E and Contessamatic

Zeiss Ikon Contessamat, Contessamat SBE, STE, and SE

Zeiss Ikon Contessa S 310 and S 312