Overall, the built quality of
the camera presents a strong German tradition. Majority of the construction are made
of metal. Except for the shutter which is made of fabric, but the rugged body construction
should provides years of use, even under heavy duty usage. The tripod socket at the
camera base section should also be highlighted. Unlike traditional cameras, the tripod
socket has been given extra care to accommodate the companion accessory, a vertical
camera grip. The device works like a pistol grip of the old days. This was designed
primarily due to its extraordinary wide field which may present some practical issue
during actual field shooting. Although this seemingly not not entirely posing a big
problem as 15mm ultrawideangle lens is considered as quite acceptable by modern standard
as special application lens for ultra-wideangle photography, but it was really "something" back in the early '70. To give
you a rough idea, it is almost like expecting a new age photographer handles a 6
or 8mm fisheye lens for the first time shooting on
the field at or beyond 180°
with their digital
SLR. So, excitement of owning such a lens type one thing, finding good usage of it
can be another issue. The hand grip which works along with cable release that plugs
onto the camera shutter release button, was partially one of the selling element
for the camera. Depends on individual preferences, I would find it adding more weight
and make the camera more cumbersome to operate Whatever it is, citing the camera
may present many new shooting experience for many, Zeiss had thoughtfully included
it in as standard accessory.
Well, such combination may not
work for my shooting habit but it serves its purpose as shooting and handling aid
for those who may struggle. Personally,
I know it can be fun to imagine shooting ultra-wideangle lens on a rangefinder camera.
But as experience calls, handling an ultrawide lens is not that easy as you thought
it is supposed to be. One of the trick is always have to ensure object/subject of
interest rests perpendicular to the film plane. You can take advantage of the perspective
distortion to emphasize dimension and scale. Shooting landscape may not be the most
ideal choice as distant scene may looks smaller than actual size but you can compensate
by careful placement of subject matters on photo composition to create comparison.
The Zeiss Ikon HOLOGON ultrawide
camera handles film interchanging like a conventional rangefinder camera where you
unlock and remove the film back from the base section. The film take up spool has
a bright orange slides and it looks similar to the "magic slide" quick
film loading design deployed on the Pentax oldies or the old Canon Pellix QL method.
The main purpose is to ensure and facilitates quick film loading.
The film back, according to literature
can be "interchangeable" with other magazine backs found in the Contarex
system. But I have no idea what other options are. I will leave this section for
any constructive input from surfers who may be more familiar with the Contarex system
accessories. There are a few standard accessories which seemingly made them uniquely
only designed for the HOLOGON ultrawide camera. This even extends to a simple accessory
such as the body cap.
The body cap is made of metal
with leatherette exterior covering but it has an internal thread. The IS57 cap as
Zeiss termed it, probably may not be able to find as they are not sold separately
or individually. Next is an optional optical filter with metallic outer ring, it
has a circular graduated coated property. Designed for compensating light fall off
when using slow speed ASA film type in broad daylight. The S57 filter is also internally
|All known Zeiss
Ikon/Voigtlander/Contarex HOLOGON (10.0659) ultrawide cameras that rolled out of
the respective assembling plants in Germany are believed to be only being made in
black finishing only. Typically, the camera has the "Hologon ultrawide"
model name that located at the top, front section of the camera. On the right hand
side, top front section and just underneath the multitasks shutter release/film advance
lever section, you will find a Zeiss IKON logo. Some may bear "Zeiss Vertrieb"
signifies the batches which were assembled in Oberkochen, after the Stuttgart facilities
had been shut down. The total production in all configurations of the Hologon Ultrawide
model stands at approx. 1400 units. stands Ref:- ZEISS Compendium, 1940~1972 by
Charles M. Barringer / Marc James Small.
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