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A friend of mine has done a lot of street shooting with a Canon 5D and a Zeiss manual focus 50mm lens wide open and all shot from the hip Hong Kong Street.

The Contax design allowed a higher maximum shutter speed: the top speed was 1/1000s, then increased to 1/1250s in the Contax II.

While the firm of Ernst Leitz of Wetzlar established the 24 mm × 36 mm negative format on perforated 35 mm movie film as a viable photographic system, Zeiss Ikon of Dresden decided to produce a competitor designed to be superior in every way. Using a die-cast alloy body it housed a vertically travelling metal focal-plane shutter reminiscent of the one used in Contessa-Nettel cameras, made out of interlocking blackened brass slats somewhat like a roll-up garage door.

The name Contax was chosen after a poll among Zeiss employees. This complex shutter became the characteristic of the Contax camera and its Super-Nettel derivative.

Contax began as a camera model in the Zeiss Ikon line in 1932, and later became a brand name.