Contessamat is a series of 35mm film viewfinder / rangefinder cameras manufactured by Zeiss Ikon AG., Stuttgart, former West Germany and produced between 1963-67.

Contessa was the name given to a family of cameras produced by Zeiss Ikon in Stuttgart that folders between 1950-1955 and compact rangefinder/viewfinder cameras between 1960-1971. These were mid to high-end cameras. Non-folding cameras were Contessa, Contessamatic and Contessamat.


  • Produced between 1964-1965
  • Viewfinder
  • Lens: Color-Pantar 45mm f2.8
  • Shutter: Prontor-Matic 125
  • Coupled Selenium cell light meter
  • Exposure setting: set the milled ring to auto then select the shutter speed, the exposure meter pointer must be on the green zone in the viewfinder, you can see the aperture on this scale also

Contessamat SBEEdit


Contessamat SBE

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  • SBE is the most sophisticated one of Contessamat series
  • Produced between 1963-1967
  • Rangefinder
  • Lens:Tessar 50mm f/2.8
  • Shutter: Prontor-Matic 500SL
  • For flash photography SBE has a a system to couple distance and aperture rings; when focusing the rangefinder the aperture sets simultaneously.

Contessamat SE Edit

  • Produced between 1963-1965
  • Rangefinder
  • Lens: Color-Pantar 45mm f/2.8
  • Shutter: Prontor-Matic 500

Contessamat STEEdit


Contessamat STE

  • Produced in 1965
  • Rangefinder
  • Lens: Tessar 50mm f/2.8
  • Shutter: Prontor-Matic 500SL


  • Manuals in Orphan Cameras by Mike Butkus [1] [2] [3]

In French and English:

  • Zeiss Ikon all models list by Clayton Rye [4]
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