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II{STRUCTION BOOK
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of the Gontafler
Gontrols lV
1 Film wind knob B Knob operoting exposure
meter flop
2 Frome counter
9 Ey e l e ts fo r c orryi ng strop
3 Sh u t t er :r eleos e k n o b
l0 Distoncesetting scole
4 P o i n t e r o f e x p o s u r em e t e r l 1 F o c u s i n gk n o b s
5 Exoos ur e m et er c o mp u to r 1 2 S y n c h r o - l e v e rf o r f l o s h
disc ond, deloyed-oction
me c n o nrs m
6 F i l m s p e e ds e t t i n g k n o b
13 Setting mork for distonce,
7 Rewind knob o p e r t u r e o n d s h u t t e rs p e e d

For f ur t her c om e ro c o n tro l s s e e i n s i d e b o ck cover.

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TheContaflex
lV
mode by Zeiss lkon AG. Stuttgort, combines oll
the odvontoges of the two most populor types
of comero: minioture ond reflex. Behind this
ochievement lie yeors of experience in the
monufocture of precision comeros. The Conto-
flex wos originolly designed for the odvonced
omoteur, but its omozing versotility hos ropidly
m o d e i t i n d i s p e n s o b l et o p r o f e s s i o n o l , s c i e n t i f i c
ond technicol photogrophers.
We connot promise the impossible: but we do
boosi thot ihe Contoflex lV is fitted with every
c o n c e i v o b l e s o f e g u o r d t o e n s u r e t h e s u c c e s so f
your pictures. The built-in Zeiss lkon Ropid
phoio-electric exposure meter, completely enclos-
ed in the comero body for moximum protection,
gives relioble exposure figures for oll films,
i n c l u d i n g c o l o u r . T w o c o u p l e d r o n g e fi n d e r
systems ensure occurote focusing of the world-
fomed Zeiss Tessor f/2.8 lens, with oll iis inter-
chongeoble converter units. The lorge, cleor
viewfinder imoge is unoffected by porollox ot
even the shortest distonces. The Contoflex is o
ropid oction comero, thonks to the ingenious
outomotic coupling of mony operotions. With
the extensive ronge of Contoflex occessories ot
your disposol (seethe lost poges of this booklet),
there is virtuolly no limit to ihe foscinoting
subiects you con sofely cover.
So thot you con get the best out of your Conto-
flex ond enioy the pleosures of corefree photo-
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grophy, pleose study this instruction book


t h o r o u g h l y .O p e n o u t t h e f r o n t o n d b o c k c o v e r s
o n d f o l l o w t h e m o n i p u l o t i o n sw i t h t h e o i d o f
t h e d e t o i l e d d i o g r o m s . S i o r t b y p r o c t i s i n gt h e
v o r i o u s o p e r o t i o n sw i t h o u t q f i l m i n t h e c o m e r o .
l f y o u s t i l l h o v e d i f f i c u l t i e s ,s e e y o u r p h o t o
deoler for free informotion.
We con only congrotulqte you on buying o
Contoflex lV. You hove mode o wise choice
y o u r c o m e r o w i l l g i v e y o u l i f e l o n g p l e o s u r e .W e
w o u l d l i k e t o s h o r e y o u r e n i o y m e n t ,o n d w o u l d
oppreciote it if you were
to send us some of the
most outstonding pictures
you hove token with your
Contoflex lV.

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The picture inside the f ront cover wos token with the
C o n i o f l e xo g o i n s t t h e l i g h t ; e x p o s u r e 1 ' t i os e c o f f i 5 6 .

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Contaflex
lV features
The lorge, bright finder shows the finol picture
in olmost nolurol size right up to the moment
o f e x p o s u r e .T h e b u i l t - i n F r e s n e l l e n s r e n d e r s o
finder imoge thot is bright even in the corners;
furthermore, it is seen ot eye-level, upright ond
the righi woy round, thonks to the pentoprism.
A n o t h e r o d v o n l o g e o f t h r o u g h - t h e - l e n ss i g h t i n g
is thot the finder imoge is olwoys free from
porollox, even when supplementory lenses ore
used. Whqt you see, you toke!
The built-in Zeiss lkon Ropid photo-electric ex-
posuremeler correctly indicotes exposure settings
even in poor light. Zeiss lkon's twenty yeors of
experience in moking exposure meters ensure
its unfoiling occurocy.
The focusing system shows cleorly in the view-
finder the point of shorpestdefinition by meons
of o split-imoge rongefinder ond ground gloss
screen,boih coupled with the lens.
The stondord lens is the fomous Zeiss Tessor
f/2.8,50 mm. By exchonging the front element for
either the Pro-Tessor f/4, 35 mm or the Pro-
Tessor f/4, 85 mm, the complete lens is converted
t o o w i d e - o n g l e o r t e l e - l e n s r e s p e c t i v e l y .T h e
Steritor-B stereo ottochment con olso be used
os o front element. All these interchongeoble
elements ore fitted with boyonet mounts. All
opticol components ore cooted ond colour
corrected, ond yield high-definition photogrophs
in monochrome or colour.
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The Synchro-Compur Shuller, with deloyed oction


releose mechonism, is fully synchronized for
f losh ond hos o ronge of speeds f rom I io
l / s o oS s c . o n d o " B " s e t t i n g f o r l i m e e x p o s u r e s .
It employs the exposure volue system of coupled
operture setiings ond shutter speeds.
All scoles con be cleorly reod from obove. The
spring-looded pre-set diophrogm ond ihe coup-
led film-wind ond shutter tensioning mechonism
moke the comero reody for immediote ociion.
The comero tokes 24 x 36 mm negotives on 35 mm
minioture film, ovoiloble in stondord coriridges,
doylight refills, dorkroom refills or os bulk film.
By using speciol cossettes the film con be
chonged in doylight ofter ony number of expos-
ures,without rewinding.
The removqble bock simplifies looding ond un-
looding os well os cleoning of the comero.

the Camera
Handling
the exposure
Measuring
Beforetokingo picture,you shoulddetermine
the exposure volue, using ihe built-in photo-
electric exposure meter (FiS. I ), which gives
occurote reodings even in ihe poorest light, for
block-ond-white or colour film, both negotive
ond reversql.
First set the speed of the film in use. Turn the
inner disc by meons of the smoll knob (6) until
the speed of the film in use qppeors opposite

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the block stroke in the left-hond window (for


f i l m s r o t e d i n A S A i n di c e s ) o r o p p o si t c t h e
stroke in the right window (for films roted in
D I N ' , ) .T h e d i s c c o n o l s o b e s e t t o i n t e r m e d i o t e
v o l u e s . F o r m o r e c o n v e n i e n th o n d l i n g , t h e r e -
wind knob (7) moy be pulled out slightly (see
Fig. 27 on poge 32).
When the film speed is quoted occording to
o r o t i n g o t h e r t h on t h e A S A o r D l N s y s t e m s ,
t h e c o r r e s p o n d i n ge q u i v o l e n t c o n b e f o u n d i n
t h e c o n v e r s i o nt o b l e o n p o g e g .
T o m e o s u r e t h e i n t e n s i t yo f t h e l i g h t , f i r s t o p e n
the flop of the exposure meter by pressing
k n o b ( 8 ) g e n t l y t o t h e r i g h t ( t o c l o s e i t , p r e s st h e
flop itselffo the right with the left forefinger).
The Contoflex lV should then be oimed ot the
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GonYersion
Table
of the mosl commonly used film-speed roting syslems

ASA Sdreiner Scheiner **."


E x p . I n d . E ur o p e o n j

5 20 l3 4
6 21 t4 5
8 22 l5 6
t0 23 16 8
12 24 17 t0
't6
) 16 25 't8
12 17
20 26 l9 l6 l8
25 27 20 20 l9
32 28 2l 24 20
40 29 22 32 21
50 30 23 40 22
64 3l 24 50 23
80 32 25 64 24
100 33 26 80 25
125 u 27 100 26
160 35 28 12s 27
2@ 36 29 160 28
250 37 30 200 29
320 38 3l 250 30

Since lhe speed of colour films connot be meosured


in lhe some woy os for monochrome moteriol, monu-
fociurers ore obliged lo odvise thot iheir films should
be exposed"like o film of ... ASA or ... DlN,,.
Generolly lhis is perfectly relioble odvice, but to be
o n . _ l h es o f e s i d e , t h e c o n s c i e n t i o u sp h o t o g r o p h e r s h o u l d
colibrote his equipment by moking o series of test
exposures of vorious opertures ond thus determine lhe
octuol speed of the film in question ond the correcl
exposure meter seiling.
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subiect so os fo frome it in the viewfinder. The


whife pointer (4) will be seen to deflect; turn
the computor disc (5) until the smoll whiie cir-
culor mork is exoctly over the pointer when
viewed from obove (see Fig. 1). The exposure
volue to be used is the red figure on the com-
pulor disc opposite the red triongulor mork on
the film-speed setiing disc. In poor light, the
required exposure times in full seconds (green
figures) con be reod opposite ihe corresponding
f/numbers (block figures on the inner disc to the
right of the red triongle mork).
Once the exposure volue or operture ond shutter
speed required hove been oscertoined, they
must be tronsferred to the shutter of the Conto-
flex lV.

yalue
Settingthe exposure
By pressing knob (.|7) towords the body of the
comero, the odiocent red dot con be moved
until it coincideswith the desired volue on the
red exposure volue scole (.|9) (see Fig. 2). lt is
olso possible to set holf exposure volues.
As the ring with fhe red dot con only be moved
through o limited rodius, it will sometimes be
necessory to move the operiure shutter speed
setting ring ('18)os well, in order to set the
exposurevolue required.
By setting the exposure volue, the diophrogm
ond shutter speed selector mechonisms ore
coupled. The omount of light necessory for
correct exposure is controlled by the lens open-

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Fis. 2
ing (operture or f/number) ond the time the
film is exposed to light (shutter speed). The
exposure volue obtoined, which con be reod
off f rom the setting mork (.|3) (see Fig. 3), re-
p r e s e n t so d e f i n i t e o m o u n t o f l i g h t , t h o t r e m o i n s
the some no motter whqt f/number or shutter
speed is chosen. lf, qfter hoving determined
ond set the exposure volue, the shutter speed
setting ring (18) is turned to o higher or lower
v o f u e ( 2 0 ) ,t h e l e n s o p e r t u r e ( 2 1 ) w i l l b e o u t o -
m o t i c o l l y r e - o d i u s t e dt o g i v e t h e s o m e e x p o s u r e .
The shutter speed is likewise re-odiusted outo-
moticollywhen the operture is chonged.

Shutter speed: The correct shutter speed to


choose depends on whether or not the subiect

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Fis.3
is moving, ond if so, how ropidly. The foster
t h e s u b i e c t - m o v e m e n t ,t h e s h o r t e r s h o u l d b e
the exposure time. The block figures on scole
(20)denote froctions of seconds (60 meonsl/eoth
second, etc.). When set to the green "8", the
s h u t t e r w i l l r e m o i n o p e n o s fo n g o s t h e r e l e o s e
knob (3) remoins depressed(see poge 20).The
green f igures denote f ull seconds, os on the
computor disc of the exposure meter, ond con-
n o t b e s e t o g o i n s t t h e s e t t i n g m o r k ( 1 3 ) ;t h e i r
s i g n i f i c o n c ew i l l b e e x p l o i n e d l o t e r o n .

Aperture setting: The correct operture of the


lens diophrogm, or "stop", for short, depends
o n t h e d e p t h o f f i e l d d e s i r e d ( s e e p o g e 1 6 ) .T h e
smoller the f/number, the lorger is the octuol

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opertureof the diophrogm opening.The required


volue on the scole (2'l) should be set ogoinsl
the setting mork (13). The operture is set by
the some operotion os for setting the shuii'er
speed.
l So long os the correct exposure volue remoins
set, ony combinotion of shutter speed ond lens
operture will result in o perfectly-exposed nego-
tive. The setting ring (18) con only be turned
sufficiently to ollow ihe mork (.|3) to be set
ogoinst ihe finol volues of the operture ond
shutter speed scoles. The finol volue ot the
right-hond end of the shutter speed scole is ,,B,,.

lf, ofter setting the exposure volue, ihe lens is


stopped down until the shutter speed is set to
the green "8", on exposure fime of 2 seconds
will be required. lf ii is necessory to stop down
even further, the required exposure time in full
seconds (green figures) con be reod off oppo-
site the selected operture. Then set the dio_
phrogm to the required f igure; to do this,
depress the knob (17) os when setting the ex-
posure volue. The exposure lime con then be
conlrolled by depressing the shutter releose
knob (3) for the required number of seconds. lt
is olso possible in such coses to reod off the
exposure iime direcily from ihe exposure meter,
os described on poge 10.When chonging from
iime exposures on "8" lo ouiomotic exposures,
the exposure volue must be reset.
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Tensioning the Shutter

The Synchro-Compurshutter is tensioned by


t u r n i n g t h e f i l m w i n d k n o b ( l) i n t h e d i r e c t i o n
of the orrow qs fqr os it will go. This one
operotion olso odvoncesthe film by one frome
ond mokes the viewfinder imoge visible. This
coupling mokes doubfe exposures ond blonk
fromes o thing of the post. lt does not motter
whether the shutter speed is set before or ofter
odvoncing the film. Keeping the shuttertension-
ed does not horm it in ony woy.

A usefulhint: when turning the film wind knob


don't iust twiddle it round with two fingers like
o screw; o much more convenientmethod is to
swing both honds in opposite directions,hold-
ing the comero body with one hond ond gripp-

F i s .4

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unshorp s h or p

i n g t h e w i n d i n g k n o b w i t h t h e o t h e r ( F i g . 4 ) .T h e
soving in time is reolly surprising.

Settingthe Distance
The built-in coupled rongefinder system outo-
moticolly focuses the 'comero for the correct
d i s t o n c e .W h e n y o u l o o k t h r o u g h t h e v i e w f i n d e r
eyepiece (26), you will see in the centre of the
f ield of view o cleor circulor oreo enclosed
within o ground gloss ring. The cleor circle is
d i v i d e d i n t o t w o h o l v e s b y o h o r i z o n t o| | i n e
(see illustr. on left). The subiect distonce con
b e m e o s ur e d i n t w o w o y s :
l. Select o verticol line (suchos the edge of
o woll or o tree trunk) seen in the f inder imoge.
Then turn the reor block ring by the two knobs
( 1 1 )o n t h e l e f t o n d r i g h t , o d i o i n i n g t h e d i s t o n c e
s e t t i n g s c o l e ( . | 0 ) .N o w y o u w i l l s e e t h e i m o g e
in the upper holf of the circle move in relotion
to the lower holf. When the two holves of the
imoge ore exoctly oligned, the lens is set for
the correct distonce.
2. lf the subiect hos no distinct verticol lines,
observe the imoge in the ground gloss ring.

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Turn the two knobs (11) fo ond fro


uniil ihe
imoge oppeors perfectly shorp.
lf is immoteriol which method of focusing you
use; in either cose the lens is outomoticolly-set
to ihe correct distonce, which
b" reod off
from scole (10). "on-
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Depth-of-fietd
Scile I
The lgns does noi only define shorply fhose
oblects ot the exoct focused distonce;
i
it will
olso produce o shorp imoge of obiects o
certoin 4
distonce in front ond behind. This zone of shorp
definiiion, known os the depih of field, is
com_
porotively norrow ot full operture (f/2.g)
but
becomes greoter the more you stop
down the
lens.
The depth-of-field scole (22) shows ihe
extent
of this zone ot vorious operture settings
ond
distonces. Locote fhe operture setting fo
be
used from omong the f/numbers fo ihe
right
ond left of the distonce setting mork (13).The
distoncevolues on the distoncesetting scole (10)
opposite the chosen f/numbers repiesent ihe
n e o r o n d f o r l i m i f s o f t h e d e p t h _ o f _ f i e l dz o n e .
t
For exomple: ossuming you ore using on
oper_
ture of f/8 ond hove focused on o distonce of l

5 ft. (Fig. 5), the figure 8 on the left is opposite


7 ff. while the figure 8 on the right is opposite
4-ft This lells you thot ot o distonce setting ?b
of 5 ft. ond 'on operture of f/8, everything
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be shorp from 4 fI. Io 7 tt. Exoct vqtu"i .on
be found in the toble on poge 19.
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Y o u c o n e q u o l l y w e l l m e o s u r ew i t h t h e r o n g e -
finder the neorest ond forthest points of the
z o n e t o b e r e c o r d e d s h or p l y , o n d t h e n s e l e c t
t h e o p p r o p r i o t e s t o p o n t h e d e p t h - o f - f i e l ds c o l e .
Do not, however, stop down further thon is
necessory to ensure the depth of field you
r e q u i r e .O t h e r w i s e y o u m o y n e e d l o n g e x p o s u r e
times, which increose the risk of comero shoke
(see poge 24).

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Takingthe Picture
Holdingthe camera
Alwoys hold the Contoflex lV perfectly steody
w h i l s t t o k i n g o p i c t u r e .S u p p o r t t h e b o d y o f t h e
comero with the polms of both honds ond grip
it firmly with the fingers (Fig.6). The thumbs
should be pressed ogoinst the comero bock,ond
the middle finger of both honds should rest on
the focusing knobs (lI ). Use the index finger
o f t h e r i g h t h o n d t o p r e s st h e s h u t t e r r e l e o s e ( 3 ) .
Press your elbows lightly ogoinst your body
e ( F i g .7 ) . Y o u c o n u s e e i t h e r t h e l e f t o r t h e r i g h t
eye to look through the f inder. This is the
normol position for toking horizontql pictures
with the Contoflex lV.

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Fis. 7

For upright pictures, turn the Contoflex lV


t h r o u g h 9 0 d e g r e e s ,o n d p r e s s i t l i g h t l y o g o i n s t
the foreheod with the right hond. The middle
f i n g e r r e s t so n t h e r i g h t - h o n df o c u s i n gk n o b ( l l ) ,
w h i l s t t h e i n d e x f i n g e r w o r k s t h e s h u t t e rr e l e o s e .
The left hond supportsthe comero from below;
it is olso possible to use the index finger of
t h i s h o n d t o o p e r o t e t h e f o c u s i n g k n o b ( F i g .B ) .
Upright pictures con, of course, be token with
the comero supported by the right hond. In
t h i s c o s e t h e s h u t t e r i s r e l e o s e dw i t h t h e t h u m b .

R e l e a s i n gt h e s h u t t e r

The shutter releose knob (3) should be de-


pressed genlly with either the tip of the index

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finger (Fig.9) or the first ioint (Fig.l0).This


method of releosing the shutter is speciolly
r e c o m m e n d e do s b e i n g t h e l e o s t r i k e l y t o c o u s e
c o m e r o s h o k e . l f , b y o n y c h o n c e ,t h e f i l m w i n d
knob (1) hos not been wound to its fullest
extent, meoning thot the film hos not been od-
vonced by o full frome, the shutter connot be
r e l e o s e d .T h i s e f f e c t i v e l y p r e v e n t s d o u b l e e x p o -
su r e s .

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Thefinerpointsof the Contaflex
I
rf
lV
The viewfinder
The finder imoge is only visible ofter the film
wind knob (1) hos been turned to odvonce the
film ond tension the shutter. This operotion
s i m u l t o n e o u s l yl e t s d o w n t h e r e f l e x m i r r o r i n s i d e
the comero; merely by gloncing through the
finder you con tell whether the comero is reody
for ocfion.
So long os you con see the lorge brighi finder
the lens
i.,?nu, . o p e r t u r eo u t o m o t i c o l l y r e m o i n s
tutty open, permitting eosy ond occurote focus_
ing. On pressing the releose knob, ihe spring
looded diophrogm closesimmediotelyto its pre_
selected setting before the shutter opens to
e x p o s e t h e f i l m . T h e C o n t o f l e xi s f h e f i r s t c o m e r o
to utilize this ingenious systems.
The finder imoge is completely free from po-
rollox ond olwoys showsthe exoct field of view,
even when using the Pro-Tessor for tele_or
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close-upsF . or ropid oction shotsyou con eosily


follow the movement of your subiect with the
comero, since the imoge in the finder is seen
of eye level, upright ond the right woy round.
T h e b l o c k r i n g o n t h e e y e p i e c e m o u n t ( 2 6 )c o n
be unscrewed f or the insertion of correction
len-ses (Order No. g02) to compensote for
defects of vision. Even if you normoily weor
s p e c t o c l e sy o u c o n f r o m e o n d f o c u s y o u r p i c _
t u r e s w i t h o u t t h e o i d o f g l o s s e s .W h e n o r d e r i n g ,
pleose quote your opticion's prescription for
d i s t o n c eg l o s s e s .

Snapshot
Setting
So os to be reody for ropid oction snopshots,
first set the correct exposure volue ond then
set the operture to f/8 ond the distqnce to 20 ft.
(Fig. l1). For eosier setting, both these figures
ore red. This combinotion results in everything
between 10 ft. ond @ being shorply recorded.
A n o t h e r u s e fu l w o y o f d e o l i n g w i t h m o v i n g
F i g .r r
]
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s u b i e c f s i s o s f o l l o w s : i f , f o r i n s t o n c e ,y o u w o n t
t o t o k e o s h o t o f c h i l dr e n o f p l o y , s e t t h e
operture ond exposure time ond focus the lens
of the most suitoble distonce. Now wotch your
s u b fe c t s i n t h e v i e w f i n d e r o n d r e l e c r s et h e s h u t t e r
when the two holves of the imcae in the ronge-
f i n d e r f i e l d c o i n c i d e ,o r w h e n t h e i m o g e o n t h e
ground gloss ring is shorp.

TripodExposures
The Contoflex lV con be mounted on o tripod
(Fig. 12) by meons of the tripod bush (25).A
b o l l - o n d - s o c k eht e o d o r s i m i l o r t i l t i n g h e o d w i l l
b e r e q u i r e d f o r u p r i g h t p h o t o g r o p h s .T o o v o i d
comero shoke, use o coble releose (see poge 41);
this screws into the threoded socket in the
releose knob (3). Exposures requiring speeds
s l o w e r t h o n 1 / n s e c o n d o r t i m e e x p o s u r e ss h o u l d
olwoys been mode from q tripod or similor
solid support.

Flash and DelayedAction Shots


T h e f u l l y - s y n c h r o n i z e dS y n c h r o - C o m p u rs h u t t e r
con be used with ony type of flosh equipment.

F i g .1 2

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It is olso provided with o built-in deloyed-


o c t i o n r e l e o s e ( s e l f t i m e r ) . T h e s y n c h r o - l e v e r( 1 2 )
c o n b e s e t t o t h r e e d i f f e r e n t p o s i t i o n s ;w h e n e v e r
you wont to chonge its position, moke sure to
d e p r e s s t h e l o c k ( . l 5 )( F i g . l 3 ) .
At the "X" selting the shutter f ires the f losh
o u t o m o t i c o l l yo f t h e m o m e n t t h e s h u t t e r b l o d e s
o r e f u l l y o p e n . E l e c t r o n i cf l o s h t u b e s s h o u l d o n l y
uX"
be fired on the setting.
At the "M" setting the shutter opens ofter o
very short deloy, which corresponds to the
d e l o y - t o - p e o ko f m o s t f l o s h b u l b s .
T h e c o r r e c t s e t t i n g s( " X " o r " M ' ) f o r t h e v o r i o u s
f l q s h b u l b s o n d f f o s h c o p s u l e sw i i l b e f o u n d i n
t h e m o k e r s ' i n s t r u c t i o n so n d o l s o i n t h e t o b l e
on poge 26.
At the "V"selling the deloyed-oction r e l e o s e ( o r
s e l f - t i m e r ) ,i s b r o u g h t i n t o o p e r o t i o n . W h e n t h e
r e l e o s e k n o b ( 3 ) i s d e p r e s s e d , o r e t o r di n g
mechonismis set in motion which opens the
shutter ofter obout 8 seconds.Time exposures
( " 8 ' s e t t i n g )c o n n o t b e m o d e w i t h t h e s e l f - t i m e r .
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lf o flosh lomp (of ony type) is connected to the


shutter while the synchro-lever is set to "V',, the
deloyed-oction mechonism will run off normolly
ond the flosh will be fired os ot the "X" setting.
The synchro-lever (12) con be set to "V" only
when the shutter is tensioned ond ofter ihe
l o c k ( ' 1 5 )h o s b e e n d e p r e s s e d . A f t e r e x p o s u r e ,
the lever returns outomoticolly to "X" ond must,
i f n e c e s s o r y ,b e r e - s e t l o " V " .
For flosh exposures, connect the leqd of the
f losh gun to the f losh contoct (14) ond then
insert the floshbulb (Fig. 13). When the releose
knob (3) is depressed, the floshbulb will be
fired synchronously with the opening of the
s hu l i e r .

F l o s hb u l b Synchro-leverset to
XorV I M
Osrom
XMI,SO r-r/30 r/60-1/s00
XMIB,SOB r-r/30 1tdn.-l1125
XP 1-1160
XO l-t/go
s2 l-rlrs l/30--l/500
PhiriPs
PI14' t,r60 I '-.,,r0
Pr2s' r/60-1/s00
!ll66tx , r-r/rs r /30-1/60 lr
GenerolElecfric
No.5,No. I l, No.22 l-l /go r/60-l/s00
l-t lt2s I
No.50 r-r/rs ttsHtrco
Sylvonio
Bontorn8,0,2_,2_5C, Pressi0 | t -t ISO r /60-1/s00
Press 28, 25,258,408 J l-1i30 I 16o-11t25
rress5t- | l_l/125
P r e s3s, 3 8 | t-t7i5- r /30-r/60
Electronic FloshUnirs I I-USOO
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Loading and
R e m o v i ntgh e
Film
Hold the ContoflexlV
in your left hond with
t h e l e n s p o i n t in g
d o w n w o r d s ,t h e v i e w -
finder housing press-
ing ogoinstthe polm
of your hond ond
your thumb on the
comero bock (Fig.
l4).Lift ihe lockins
keys (24)in the bose
of the Contoflex with
your right hond ond
t ur n t h e m i n t h e
oppropriote direc-
tion. With your left
thumb push the bock
of the comero down-
words (Fig. 15) ond
lift it off with the
risht hond (Fig. l6).

Loadingthe Gamera

First secure the be-


ginning of the film
in the longer slot of

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the toke-upspool by
hooking ;t under the
pointed lrg, which
will hold it in ploce
(Fig.17) When using
c o s s e t t e sl o o d e d w i t h
b ul k f i l m , t h e e n d o f
the film must be cut
to fit the slof (Fig"
l 8 ) . N e x t , i n s e r tt h e
film c or f r i d g e o r
c o s s e t t ei n t h e l o w e r
chomber so thot the
prongs engoge the
core of the cossette
spool. Insert the
toke-up spool into
the upper chomber
(Fig. l9); now wind
the fifm on to fhe
t o k e -u p s p o o l u n t i l
ihe tronsport sprock-
ets engoge the per-
forotions on both
s i d e s ( F i g. 2 0 ).
Wh ilsi holding the
film in contoct with
the tronsport sprock-
et with t h e l e ft
thumb, so thot the
t e e t h r e m oi n e n g o g e d
with theperforstions,

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reploce the comero


bock in its grooves
( F i g .2 1 ) o n d s l i d e i t
up to close the
comero completelY.
T u r n t h e l o c k i n gk e y s
(24) in the bose of
the Contoflex lV ond
fold them flot. The
keys con only be
folded when the
bock is properlY in
p o s i t i o n .F i n o l l y ,t e n -
sion ond releose
the shutter twice so
os to wind the fogg-
ed leoder film on to
the toke-up sPool
o n d o d v o n c eo l e n g t h
o f u n e x p o s e d f i Im
into position in the
f r l m g o t e .A s t h e f i l m
is wound oh, the
rewind knob (7)
should rotote in the
o p p o s i t ed i r e c t i o n t o
the orrow; this indi-
cotes thot the film
is being odvonced
properly. When us-
ing short length of
bulk film or 20-ex-

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posure cortridges, ihe turns of film moy porti_


o l l y u n w i n d i n s i d e i h e c o s s e t t eo r c o r t r i d g e ; i n
this cose the rewind knob will not rotote for the
first few fromes. lf this hoppens, iurn ihe rewind
knob in the direction of the orrow until o
d i s t i n c t r e s i s t o n c ei s f e l t . T h i s w i l l s h o w w h e t h e r
the film hos been looded correctly, ond is olso
on indicofion of whether there is ony film in
the comero ot oll.
When the comero is looded the frome counter
disc (2) should be turned by its milled rim to
" O " ( F i g . 2 2 ' ) .l t d o e s n o t m o t t e r i n w h i i h d i r e c -
tion the disc is turned. As soon os you hove
iensioned the shutter with the film wind knob
(1), the Contoflex is reody for the first picture.
T h e f r o m e c o u n t e rw i l l o u t o m o t i c o l l y i n d i c o t e , , l . , .

Gassettes
The Contoflex lV will toke the some speciol
cosseftes os used in ihe Contox. You con work
either f rom cossette to cossette or from the
cossette to the loke-up spool. The cossetie
consists of two shells ond o centre spool. To
open it, press ihe locking bution, turn the inner
ond outer shell ogoinst eoch oiher until th6ir
slots coincide ond then pull opori (Fig.23).
L o o d t h e c o s s e t t ew i t h d o r k r o o m r e f i l l s , d o y l i g h t
refills or bulk film. When working from cossette
t o c o s s e t t e ,i h e f i l m m u s t o n l y b e h o o k e d o n t o
the spool of the feed cossette (Fig. l8). When
rewinding, threod the shoped end inlo the smoll

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slot of the spool so


thot it protrudes
through the lorger
slot ond secure the
end by sticking it
ogoin into the smoll-
er slot. Hold the
film in this position
with your thumb ond
s t or t w i n di n g t h e
fi l m w h i l e p u l l i n g i t
tight (Fig.24). lnsert
the f ull spool with
its milled knob first
into the inner shell
of the cossette ond
push the outer shell
over it. The leoder
of the film should
t h e n p r o t r u d et h r o u g h
the superimposed
slots of the shells.
Now turn the inner
ond outer shell o-
g o i n s te o c ho t h e r u n t i l
they lock o nd the
t'ztt" oppeors.
word
When working with
two cossettes (Fig.
25),there is no need
to rewind the film.
Moreover, it con be

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u n l o o d e d o f t e r o n y n u m b e r o f e x p o s u r e s ,t o g e -
t h e r w i t h t h e t o k e - u p c o s s e t t e ,i n b r o o d d o y l i g h t .
But rememberto odvonce ond releose the film
twice before opening the comero. The two-
c o s s e t t es y s t e m i s e s p e c i o l l y u s e f u l f o r c h o n g i n g
over from block ond white to colour film ond
vrce verso.
W h e n i n s e r t i n g t h e c o s s e t t e si n t h e f e e d o r t o k e -
u p c h o m b e r s ,m o k e s u r e t h o t t h e l o c o t i n g p e g s
o f t h e c o s s e t t e se n g o g e i n t h e c o r r e s p o n d i n g
grooves in the comerq body. Turningthe locking
k e y s o f t h e c o m e r o b o c k o u t o m o t i c o l l yo p e n s o r
c l o s e s t h e c q s s etfe s . E v e r y c o s s e t t e i s s u p p l i e d
in o speciol contqiner, the lid of which hos
q smoll window. The lid con be fitted in two
p o s i t i o n s .W h e n s t o r i n g o n e x p o s e d f i l m i n t h e
contoiner,fit the lid in such o woy thot the
morking "Exp" is visiblein the window.

Unloading

l f t h e c o m e r o i s fo o d e d w i t h o s t o n d or d c o m -
merciol cortridge,the film must be rewound be-
Fig 26, 27

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fore unlooding. Depress the reversing bution (23)


of the bose of the comero, ond rewind the film
into the feed cortridge by turning the rewind
knob (7) in the direction of the orrow (Fig. 26).
For more convenient monipulolion the rewind
k n o b c o n b e p u l l e d o u t p o r t l y ( F i g . 2 7 l , .W h e n
odvoncing the film from o cortridge to o cos-
sette or from o cossette into o cossetie, the
film need not be rewound before unlooding.
Either of these two methods permits the film to
be chonged ofler ony number of exposures ond
in brood doylight. However, it is necessory to
tension ond releose the shulter twice ofter the
lost exposure in order to odvonce the losl ex-
posed frome sofely into ihe toke-up cossette.
Then open the Contoflex os described on poge
27, loke out the stondord or speciol cossette
with the exposed film ond moke sure immedi-
otely thot no dust or film porticlesore left inside
the comero.

System
TheContaflex
ff the lensunits
Exchanging
The scope of the Contoflex is greotly widened
by exchonging the front element of the lens for
t e l e - o r w i d e - o n g l e u n i t s .A s t e r e o - o t t o c h m e n tc o n
olso be used. For removing the front element,
hold the Conioflex in your left hqnd (Fig. 28),
o n d p r e s s t h e l o c k p o w l ( ' 1 6 )i n i h e d i r e c t i o n o f
the lens with your thumb. The milled front ring

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of the lens is then turned with the right hond


u n t i l i t c o m e s t o o s t o p ; o s l i g h t r e s i s t o n c eh o s
t o b e o v e r c o m e .T h e n l i f t t h e f r o n t e l e m e n t f r o m
its boyonet mount.

When re-inserted,the red dot of the lens unit


in questionmust be opposite the red dot of the
lock powl. The component is pressed home
with o right turn until on oudible click indicotes
the correct position.

All lens units of the contoflex lv ore inserted


in this woy: red dot to red dot - right turn. But
f o r r e m o v i n g , p r e s s l o c k p o w l ( . | 6 )q n d t u r n t o
left. In order to preserve the efficiency ond
h i g h - q u o l i t yp e r f o r m o n c eo f t h e v o l u o b l e l e n s e s ,
their surfoce should never be touched.

S i n c e t h e t o k i n g l e n s i s o l s o t h e f i n d e r l e n s ,t h e
Contoflex is most suitoble for toking photo-
g r o p h s w i t h v o r i o u s l e n s e s . R e g o r d l e s so f t h e
focol length of the lens in use,the viewfinder of
the Contoflex will invoriobly show the obsolute-
ly porollox-free imoge field, whilst the distonce
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i s e s t o b l i s h e di n t h e u s u o l w o y u s i n g e i t h e r t h e F i g .2 9
split-imoge or the ground gloss screen ronge-
f i n d e r b y m o v i n g t h e t w o f o c u s i n g k n o b s ( 1 1 )o n
t h e c om e r o .
F o r t h e C o n t o fl e x l V t h e f o l l o w i n g i n t e r c h o n g e -
oble lens unitsore ovoiloble:
T h e P r o - T e s s q ri / 4 , 3 5 m m f o r w i d e - o n g l e p h o t o -
grophy. lt enobleso muchwider field of view to
b e c o v e r e d f r o m s h o r t t o k i n g d i s t o n c e s : o 1 ' li n -
v o l u o b l e o i d f o r i n t e r i o r o n d o r c h i t e c t u r o ls h o t s .
Snopshot techniquebenefits from the consider-
obly deeper zone of shorp definition which re-
sufts from the short focql length of this porti-
.|003).
culor lens unit (Ord.No.
T h e P r o - T e s s q rI / 4 , 8 5 m m i s c r t e l e p h o t o l e n s
w h i c h , o c t i n g l i k e o t e l e s c o p e , w i l lp e r m i t y o u t o
r e c o r d f o r - o w o y s u b i e c t so s l o r g e o t h o u g h t h e y
were "within your reoch". The moin fields for
employing o telephoto lens ore londscopes,
p o r t r o i t u r eo n d t h e r e c o r d i n go f o l l t h o s e r o p i d -
oction events which we normolly hove to wotch
from o distonce (Ord.No. 1004).

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The Steritor-B is used for stereo photogrophy


by meons of the Zeiss lkon stereo iystem (drj.
No. 813). In this highly ineresting field, the
Contoflex shows its enormou, u"rrotility. Since
i h e i w o 1 6 x 2 3 m m h o l f - i m o g e so r e i n o n e f r o m e
of the film immediotely side by side, they con
be mounted in the speciol Zeiss lkon stereo
mosks in the some simple woy os normol trons_
porencies ond ore then reody for immediote
showing or viewing wiih the lkolux proiector
with its stereo ottochment or the Zeiss lkon ,,O,,
stereo viewer respeclively. The lkolux con, of
course, be used for the prolection of normol
tronsporencies.

Leather Gases
Cqmerq ever-reody cose: To guord ogoinst dom_
oge, ihe Contoflex lV should olwoys be corried
in ils elegont ever-reody cose. The comero is
screwed to the cose ond need not be removed
from ils cose for exposure. Moreover,the Conto_
flex, fogether with o screwed-in filter ond the
occessory shoe (see poge 40), ore eosily occom_
modoted in the cose, ihe lid of which will olso
hold two filters (0 S 2Z mm).
P r o - T e s s o rC o s e : o n o t t r o c t i v e l e o t h e r c o r r y i n g
cose is ovoiloble for both lhe f/4, 35 mm ond
l h e f / 4 , 8 5 m m P r o - T e s s o r s .T h e r e i s o l s o s p o c e
for o speciol "insertion set,, (Ord.No. 7gg/Oi|)
h o l d i n g t h e f r o n t e l e m e n to f t h e r e m o v e d s t o n d _
ord Tessor f/2.8, 50 mm, ihe oppropriote proxor
lens ond the lenshood (O A 2g.5mm). Two filters

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- for the Pro-Tessorscon be slipped info the


l$ pocketsin the lid.
i3 Leqfter Coses for Srereo: The Steritor_Bond o
ff seporotorwill fit neotly into fhis leoiher cose.
rF Corrying Slrop: To enoble you to corry the
I Contoflexwithout the ever-reodycose,o iorry_
, i n g s t r o p i s o l s o o v o i l o b l e .T h i s i s f . i t t e dw i i h
_ sofety hooks to hook into ihe eyelets on the
l*- comero (9). A sofety cotch prevents uninten-
t i o n o l o p e n i n go f t h e h o o k s .
Filter
l] Z e i s s l k o n p r e c i s i o nf i l f e r s o r e o v o i l o b l ei n t h e
lI f o l l o w i n gc o l o u r sy: e l l o w ,y e l l o w - g r e e no, r o n g e ,
lI red, lkolor-A ond B ond UV filters, oll of which
il w i l l b e o f g r e o t o s s i s t q n c ew h e n s p e c i o l p i c _
ll toriol effects ore wonted. They ore screw-in
. filters with o diometerof 27 mm for the Tessoi
f/2.8,50 mm ond the Steritor-},49 mm for pro-
iA, Tessorf/4, 35 mm ond 60 mm for the pro-Tessor
r f/4, 85 mm. Owners of both Tessors con be
s u p p l i e dw i t h o n o d d i t i o n o l i n t e r m e d i o t er i n g
(Ord. No. 1527) which fits the pro-Tessorf/4,
, 35 mm, so thot the O S 60 mm filter con olso
be used.
The use of filters mokesit necessoryto prolong
the exposuretime by ihe filter foctor, which is
e n g r o v e do n i h e m o u n t o f o l l Z e i s s l k o n p r e -
c i s i o nf i l t e r s .
PolarizingFilter Gontapol
The Contopol polorizing filter, screwedinto the
f/2.8,50 mm Tessorlens mount, eliminotesdis-
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turbing reflections from shiny ond reflecting


surfoces of non-metol obiects. You con observe
the effect of the polorizing filter in the finder.
A n A 2 8 . 5m m d i o m e i e r l e n s h o o d o r s u p p l e m e n .
tory lens (or both together) con be mounted on
top of the Contopol. For further detoils see the
full instructions enclosed with the. polorizing
filter.

Supplementary Close-up Lenses (ZeissProxors)

The f/2.8 50 mm Tessor lens of the Contoflex


con be focused down to 39 inches. For subiects
of shorter distonces,cooted Zeiss Proxor supple-
m e n t o r y l e n s e ss h o u l d b e s l i p p e d o v e r t h e m o u n i
of the comero lens (diom. 28.5 mm). The finder
will siill show ihe correct field of view withoui
ony porollox error, ond the Conioflex con be
focused in the some woy os described on
'15.
poge F o u r P r o x o r l e n s e so r e o v o i l o b l e : f o c o l
l e n g t h = 3 9 1 / 2i n s . ( ' 1 0 0c m ) f o r d i s t o n c e s d o w n
to 181/z ins.i l9rlr ins. (50) for subiects down
'll3ft
to ll3/r ins.; i n s . ( 3 0 c m ) f o r s u b i e c t sd o w n
lo 9t/z ins.; B ins. (20 cm) for subiects down to
6:/a ins. The toble on poge 39 gives deioils of
subiect distonces, the scoles of reproduction
obtoinoble ond the fields covered.

The disionces should be meosured from the


f r o n t r i m o f f h e s u p p l e m e n t o r yl e n s m o u n t t o t h e
subiect. An operfure of f/8 usuolly provides
sufficientdepth of field.

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Tablefor usingZeissProxarSupptementary
Lenses

Lens set Subiect


arliion Field
lo Distonce Srze
I :
@ 4,tlz" 19.0 l'51t4"x 2'211q,"
'n, 3,4" 16.2 1'231t,'X1,10t1{,
Otr
10, 2'71112" 14.1 1,3f
4,,x 1'7r12't
7', 2'8" 12.7 11rlz',X 1'5rf2,,
gtl
oe
5' 2'4tt I1.4 10114',X 1'3r12,, I
L
CL
4', 2'1112" 9.9 9"x 1'1311'
3' l'10,, 9.4 7t12"x11t12"
2.s', 1'7rlz" 7.5 63lt"X 10rlE"
@ l'8rlt" 9.8 83f4,,X 1,11/2,,
20, l'61s" 9.0 grl4"x 1,r12"
10, 1'5rlr" 8.2 7r 2t'x ll1f4t'
-O E
t{) 7', l'4rl+" 7.7 7"x l0rf2"
bd
xrl 5t 1',3t' 7.3 6t12"x10"
oil
l+ 4', 1t2,t 66 6"x9"
3, 1'51a" 5.8 5rlt" X 8"
2.s, I ls/e" 5.4 4t1
n" Y 7tf""
o l'131e" 6.4 SBl4t,XB3f1',
'n, l'sla" 6.0 511r't7 811n"
c. tr. 10, l'Ug" 5.7 srl|"X77lB"
- <r)
7' 11rlz" 5.4 4 rf s , ' l 7 1 l r ' ,
;o
X l 5' 1U1",, 5.2 4a1o"y71lt"
o t l

i+ 4' 1@1r,, 4.9 4rf4"X 6518"


3', Fl"" 4.4 4"x 6"
2.5' 9" 4.1 sl+"X 551e"
@ 8r/e" 3.9 31l2t,x53f
8,,
20' 77la" 3.9 3318,,x5t14,,
Ctr,
-61
t0' 751a" 3.6 3tl+"X 5,'
7' 7rlz" 3.5 3tls"X Fla"
bci 5' 3.4
xtl 7rls" 3,,7 4s1",,
orl
i+ 4' 81"" 3.2 Vl8"x 4318"
3' 6Fla' ' 3.0 23f4t'x4118"
2.5' 6rlq" 2.9 25la"X4"
The field size is colculoted for o usefull imoge oreo
of 23x35 mm
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Lenshood
T h i s p r e v e n t sf l q r e s o n d f o g i n o g o i n s t - t h e - l i g h t
shots. In bod weother it olso protects the lens
ogoinst roin ond snow. The Zeiss lkon lenshood
con olso be mounted on top of filters or Proxor
fe n s e s .F o r t h e T e s s o rf / 8 , 5 0 m m , u s e o l e n s h o o d
w i t h s l i p - o n m o u n t , e A 2 8 " 5m m ; f o r t h e P r o -
T e s s or f / 4 , 8 5 m m , u s e t h e s c r e w - i n t y p e , 0 S
60 mm. No lenshood is required with ihe wide-
o n g l e P r o - T e s s o rf t 4 , 3 5 m m .
A smort leother cose is ovoiloble in which to
corry your lenshood. There is olso o combi-
n o t i o n l e o t h e r c o s e f o r t h e A 2 8 . 5m m l e n s h o o d
ond three (,27 mm colourfilters.

Accessory Shoe
A n o c c e s s o r ys h o e c o n b e f i x e d t o t h e C o n t o -
f l e x l v f o r m o u n t i n g v o r i o u s o c c e s s o r i e so n t h e
comero. Unscrew the block mount on the view-
finder eyepiece (26), ploce the occessory shoe
over the eyepieceopening ond screw fhe block
mount bock ogoin to hold fhe shoe in ploce
( F i g .3 0 ) .
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Gareof the Gontaflex


From time to time, the film trock, the film chom-
bers ond the bock of the Contoflex should be
corefully cleoned with o soft brush. Do nol
force up the copping plote, os lhis might dam-
oge the mechqnism. Gently wipe the lens with
o soft, well-woshedpiece of linen (but not leoih-
er!), ofter removing ony dust wirh o soft brush.
The lens should only be cleoned when reolly
n e c e s s o r y .P o l i s h t h e c h r o m i u m p l o t e d e x t e r n o l
fittings occosionollywith o soft linen rog. Core-
fully brush the exposure meter window to re-
move ony dust or grit.

Serial Numbers

There is o seriol number on the bock of every


Contoflex comero, ond olso on the mount of the
stondord Zeiss Tessor lens. You ore odvised to
moke o coreful note of both these numbers, os
t h e y m o y b e o f g r e o t h e l p i n e s t o b l i s h i n go w n e r -
ship in cosesof loss or theft.

F u r t h e r t e c h n i c o l d e v e l o p m e n t sm o y i n v o l v e s l i g h t
c h o n g e si n t h e d e s i g no n d c o n s t r u c t i o nof ihe comero
o s c o m p o r e dw i t h t h e s e i n s t r u c t i o n s .
g.
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Cable Release
At slow shutter speeds ond for time exposures
o cqblc releose is odvisoble (see Fig. 12 on
poge 24). This screws into the threoded socket
in the releose knob (3). The Zeiss lkon coble
releqseis fitted with o lock to keep the shutter
open for long time exposures with the shutter
set to "8".

C o p y i n ga n d P h o t o m i c r o g r a p h y
A s p e c i o lt r i p o d h e o d i s o v o i l o b l e f o r u s i n g t h e
C o n t o fl e x l V w i t h e i t h e r t h e T o b l e C o p y i n g
Unit or the Contox copying outfits. Two exten-
sion tubes ore requircd to connect the comero
to o microscope.To moke focusing eosier, o
right-ongle viewing telescope con be screwed
over the viewfinder eyepiece.

;.' UsingFlash
The Zeiss lkon copocitor
floshgunsF , oldinglkoblitz
( F i g .3 l ) o n d l k o b l i t z " O " ,
- ffil
q con both be ottoched to
the occessoryshoe of the
Contoflex lV. Both flosh-
guns ore remorkobly
effective in use. The re-
flector of the Folding lko-
Fr!,n/1!_ blilz is collopsible when
-
:
h*nrb
not in use; the entireout-
t,
fit is then no lorger thon
F i g .3 l
o normol soop box.

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Controls
of theGontaflex
lV
1 4 Fl o s h c ont oc t 2 0 Sh u tte r s p e ed scol e
l 5 L o c kf or f los h s y nc h ro -l e v e r 2 l Ap e rtu re s c ol e

1 9 E x p o s u r ev o l u e s c o l e 26 Viewfinder eyepiece

The numbersrefer portly to the illustrqiion inside fhe front


cover.