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15/3.5 Zeiss Distagon for Contarex

This lens was designed for the Contarex system, but the decision to abandon camera manufacture came before the lens went into serial production. Later, when Zeiss was looking for a company to jointly design a camera system with, Zeiss allowed Asahi Pentax to produce the lens for the Pentax K mount system. When negotiations failed, Asahi had to discontinue production. Eventually the project resulted in a joint project with Kyocera that resulted in the Contax SLR system, and this lens was produced for that system as well.

The Zeiss product code for the lens is 11.2440.

Years produced

Quantity producedBlack or chrome Angle of view Elements/groups Filter size


2 (Prototypes)Black110 degrees13/13Internal