🇺🇦 Pre-war Contax II rangefinder camera from 1936!


Vintage German 35mm rangefinder camera – serviced and ready for action!

Comes with complete original takeup spool and it’s case (in good condition).

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Prewar German Contax II rangefinder camera, body only



Camera serial number C11954 indicates that it was made in 1936.


Went through professional Cleaning Lubricating Adjustment and works like new – very smooth camera to operate!


Comes as body only with original leather case.

The Contax II 35mm camera

The Contax II & III were manufactured from 1936-42 as a followup model to the Contax I. The Contax II and III — the III had a light meter on top — were the first cameras to combine the rangefinder and viewfinder into one unit.   The Contax II and III were introduced in response to the Leica rangefinder camera. Because Leica held many design patents, Contax had to re-invent many of its features. The vertically travelling shutter composed of metal slats.is one example of this. The advanced features and dependable design of the Contax II quickly made it one of the top choices of journalistic photographers, like Robert Capa.

Contax III appeared slightly later than the II on which it is based and does not appear in the 1936 General Catalogue. The III is essentially a II with the addition of an uncoupled exposure meter and extended re-wind knob which caries the meter controls. It was preceded by the Contaflex in being fitted with a photoelectric exposure meter.

As well a being more expensive than the Leica the Contax was much bigger, heavier and far less easy to use. At £78.50 with the f1.5 Sonnar it was an extremely expensive camera.

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