Contarex Super Electronic

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Produced in small numbers, the Contarex Super Electronic (or Contarex SE) is a focal-plane shutter SLR sharing elements of Zeiss Ikon's Contarex Super. Its first version was introduced in 1968.[1] The SE's unusual feature was a shutter whose timing was controlled by an electronic circuit, described in the manual with a schematic diagram.

An accessory-shoe mounted Tele-Sensor could plug into a socket alongside the lens mount and control the shutter speed steplessly to suit any given aperture (previously selected on both lens and sensor dial). This was one of a series of various electronic accessories and cables made for this model. The electrical motor drive (which could be remotely operated) particularly targeted this model at professional or industrial use.

A number of focusing screen options could be user-exchanged via the lens throat, without affecting the TTL metering cell located behind the reflex mirror.


  1. This date, and and additional information on the SE system, can be found at the Contrarex Super Electronic page at Pacific Rim Camera].