|Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:27 pm Post subject: Re: Contaflex 126 Lenses
|Ian - I've only just seen your post from July 1st -did you find the old MFLenses thread at http://forum.mflenses.com/contaflex-126-system-t7170.html?
Although I did once sell a new Contaflex 126 back when they were being made, I can't add very much, if anything, to what's there in the old thread. However, regarding coatings, I've always understood that the Contarex lenses were 'colour harmonised', as were the the Hasselblad ones, by juggling the coating. I think the late Geoffrey Crawley in the BJP may have been the one who wrote about that, but it's decades ago and my memory isn't that good. If that is indeed correct, then it begs the question of whether Zeiss applied the same policy across all its lens ranges. Given the hugely different markets for the various types, it's perhaps unlikely that the firm went to the same trouble for models that were expected to digest mostly colour neg films that would be indifferently processed.
Might it be worth writng to Zeiss? Company archivists often welcome arcane enquiries, especially if they come with an explanation of why the information is needed.
As for the Contaflex 126 itself, it surely was another of J S Lipinski's 'Masterpieces of misplaced ingenuity', along with the Retina Reflex 126 and the Rollei SL26. A shame the Leitz 126 project was terminated before it came to fruiition
Equipment: Pentax DSLR for casual shooting, Lumix G1 and Fuji XE-1 for playing with old lenses, and Leica M8 because I still like the optical rangefinder system.