Zeiss Ikon – Camerapedia

Just looking up an old camera my father gave me when I was in high school. It was ancient even then.

Zeiss Ikon is a German company that was formed in 1926 by the merger of four camera makers (Contessa-Nettel, Ernemann, Goerz and Ica), and an infusion of capital by Zeiss[1] The company formed one part of the Carl Zeiss Foundation, another part being the optical company Carl Zeiss. Logically, most of the Zeiss Ikon cameras were equipped with Carl Zeiss lenses and the formerly independent companies, in particular Goerz, had to shut down their own lens manufacture. The merged company was also obliged to use Compur shutters for 80% of its cameras. Thus only the simplest cameras could get cheaper shutters like the Klio. Soon AG Hahn für Optik und Mechanik, Kassel, and Goerz Photochemisches Werk GmbH, Berlin, joined the Zeiss Ikon syndicate. The group became one of the big companies in the phototechnical capital Dresden, with plants in Stuttgart and Berlin. Until WWII Zeiss Ikon was the world’s market leading maker of 8mm movie cameras.

via Zeiss Ikon – Camerapedia.

Update: an even better Zeiss Ikon link… Thanks Microcord!

Messing with the camera again

I love taking pictures with ridiculous settings on the iPhone… These are done using Hipstamatic. And I have no idea who that guy at the table is.

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Boulder in June

Sometimes, it seems like I have two lives: one here in Boulder, one back in Cincinnati. I smoothy take up the reins of each as I arrive there. This is a very strange sort of double life.

But my memory has played tricks on me. I remembered to bring all of the camera’s cords and rechargers, just forgot the camera. I’ll rely on my trusty iPhone.

Last night, heading up the elevator, some people asked us if we’d had fun in our journey somewhere else. I was ready with an explanation, but Buck said we only really lived here part time. We’d live here more often if the animals were the transportable sort. Ask Barbara, I dare you, what happened when she tried to get our dog into her car. I worry about that animal….

Patti at the Musee D'Orsay

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Patti at the Musee D’Orsay, originally uploaded by niehoff.

I visit a museum and see lots of paintings that I wish I could have in my very own living room. Oh well.

I also try to explain the camera’s workings to Buck, at the same time he tries to use the thing.