View Full Version : Some photos taken with a Zeiss Contessa

11-09-2004, 23:02
Here are some photos taken with a Zeiss Contessa



11-10-2004, 11:18
John, those are very nice and show what an old Zeiss camera is capable of doing. We sometimes overlook the "lesser" cameras in favor of the "top of the line" models without realizing what we're missing.


back alley
11-10-2004, 11:46
very nice indeed.
can i ask what film you used? there is some grain in the shots but i quite like it.


11-10-2004, 12:10
It is Jessops Pan 100s


It is rumoured to be very similar to Agfa APX

back alley
11-10-2004, 13:12
thanks jf!

i'm gonna make a leap here and guess you're located in england somewhere, and have access to jessops products. if i have surmised correctly, jessops is a store, maybe a chain store, in england and they re-badge name brand products with their own jessops label.
am i close?

anyway, i like the look of that film.


11-10-2004, 13:15
I particularly like the one of the back-lit arches; what a great 3D feeling, and nice tonality.

11-10-2004, 14:22
nice shots...nice place too...

11-10-2004, 23:23
I have added some more at


11-11-2004, 06:09
Agree with Doug, love the arch one in the first set, and the passageway and the small clock tower framed in the arch in the second set (the first one on the left in the thumbnails).

You get a real feel for the "dreaming spires" from these pictures. They communicate a sense of tranquility that is almost tangible. Great shots!!

11-11-2004, 06:27
Great tonalities and a general sense of 'past times', very nice indeed !

11-11-2004, 10:24
John, looking at your additional pictures makes me believe that you have an eye for good photographs and the camera used really isn't important. Cambridge is a great town for images though.

IIRC, it was the Summer of '86 that I took my family to Cambridge for an afternoon and I recall a camera shop just across the street from one of the colleges that had more Leica gear piled in, under and around the showcases than I've ever seen in one place anywhere else. It was amazing to see! I was afraid to ask the prices as I didn't need any more cameras at the time.


11-12-2004, 00:15
The shop in question was on King's parade. Rhis has been smartened up and the sgop has moed to an industrial eastate out of town.

The camera I used is the one described here:
(the meter on mine is accurate).

The final set of pictures is here:


11-12-2004, 05:19
John three of the images aren't loading on that page, they are registering in my browser (Firefox 1.0) as "broken", which generally means they aren't in the sub-directory specified in the link.

Love the one on the bottom left! Is that a bit of flare in the top left-center of the one on bottom right?