Contaflex 126
Manufactured: 1967-71
Lens: Zeiss Tessar f/2.8, 45 mm 4-element
Lens: Zeiss Pantar f/2.8, 45 mm 3-element
Shutter: Cloth focal plane 1/30 - 1/500
Quantity Made: 25,000
Original List Price: $174.95 (with Tessar lens)
Original List Price: $159.95 (with Pantar lens)
Country of Origin: Germany
This was Zeiss-Ikon's flagship 126 camera. Shutter-priority autoexposure is controlled by a behind-the-lens CdS cell powered by a PX625 battery. Other lenses available were:

25 mm f/4 Distagon
32 mm f/2.8 Distagon
85 mm f/2.8 Sonnar
135 mm f/4 Tele-Tessar
200 mm f/4 Tele-Tessar

These will not fit any other camera. The 25 and 200 mm are rare on the used market and it would seem that few of them were produced. All lenses accept 50 mm bayonet-mount filters. Like Kodak's Instamatic Reflex, the body was available in either a chrome or black enamel finish, and the chrome version is by far the most common, just as with the Instamatic Reflex.

Unlike the Rollei SL26 and Instamatic Reflex, the mirror of the Contaflex 126 is not instant-return -- the film advance must be operated to return the mirror to viewing position and cock the shutter. The film cartridge is inserted upside down in relation to most other cameras. What appears to be a rewind crank is actually a lever that couples the focusing mechanism to the aperture for flash photography; this also sets the shutter to 1/30 sec. regardless of the speed shown on the selector. This control works with the 32 mm lens or either of the 45 mm lenses. Either an electronic flashgun or a bulb unit can be attached to the accesssory shoe, since there are sockets for both on front of the camera. A cable release socket, tripod socket, viewfinder mask, battery tester, and automatic film speed sensing (to 800 ASA) round out the specifications.

This was the only 126 camera to have a focal plane shutter.