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Zeiss Ikon Contina IIa and Contina-
By the mid-1950's, most camera manufacturers were replacing their folding camera lines with rigid
bodied ones. In 1956, the folding Contina II was replaced by the Contina IIa (527/24). The uncoupled
rangefinder was dropped in exchange for a selenium light meter, covered by a hinged door. It was
available with either a 45/3.5 Novar or 45/2.8 Novicar lens.
In 1958 the Contina was given a larger viewfinder, and a different meter cell that lacked the hinged
door, and was fitted with the 45/2.8 Pantar lens. In some literature it was referred to as the Contina-
matic II, but I don't know if it was ever known as anything else, or if the Contina IIa was referred to as the
Contina-matic II as well. It was listed in the Zeiss catalog of May, 1960 under the catalog number
10.0613, priced at $79.00. It was likely discontinued later that year.
The Contina-matic was also marketed as an outfit including the leather case, and a Ikoblitz 4 folding
flash unit that same year for $98.95.