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A camera brand name.

Originally Contax was the name of a camera released by Zeiss Ikon AG in 1932. Zeiss went on to release the world’s first pentaprism-equipped SLR camera, the Contax S, in 1949. Zeiss later partnered with the Japanese maker Yashica in the 1970s owing to soaring labour costs in Germany. By the mid 1990s Contax had become a brand of Japanese manufacturer Kyocera. Kyocera continued to promote the Contax brand as a cutting edge luxury product line, introducing the world’s first full frame digital SLR camera, the Contax N Digital, in 2001, but were not able to survive in the highly competitive digital photography market. Kyocera announced, in April 2005, that they were ceasing production of all cameras, including those sold under the name Contax.

cf. full frame, pentaprism, single lens reflex (SLR), Zeiss.

Entry last updated 2005-09-30. Term 264 of 1487.

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