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50/2.8 Zeiss Tessar for Contarex

The 50/2.8 Tessar in chrome, mounted on a Contarex Special. The Special was often sold with the Tessar.

The 50/2.8 Tessar was the budget normal lens for the Contarex system. Most people who were worried about saving $100 were not in the market for the camera in the first place (in the March 1968 price sheet the Tessar was $89, and the 50/2 Planar was $189). While it isn't exactly a rare lens, it is a lot less common than the 50mm Planar.

The Zeiss product code for the lens is 11.2501.

Years produced

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


5978Black or chrome47 degrees4/3B56 and S49