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Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super B

The Contaflex Super B was the first 35mm camera with automatic exposure. That it was in an interchangeable lens SLR made it even more of an accomplishment. Like the Super and Rapid, it accepted the interchangeable film magazine, and had the wind lever and built in accessory shoe. It was produced from 1962 until 1965, when it was replaced by the Contaflex Super BC. Like the Super, the selenium cell was located on the front of the camera where the Contaflex name normally would appear, so the name (in script like the contemporary Super, Rapid and Prima) was moved to the top of the shutter face.

This camera has a front cell interchangeable 50/2.8 Tessar, and can accept the earlier 35/4 and 85/4 Pro-Tessars, as well as the later 35/3.2, 85/3.2 and 115/4 Pro-Tessars. It can also accept the Steritar B, M1:1 macro lens and the adapter to use the monocular.

The Contaflex Super B.