is a nonprofit, educational organization that is dedicated to the research
and preservation of the history of the Carl Zeiss optical firm, its
affiliates, subsidiaries, people and products from its founding in 1846
to the present. Since Zeiss has been and is a trailblazer in the world
of optics and mechanical instruments, these products are highly innovative
and collectable. Our organization is not directly affiliated with the
firms of Carl Zeiss but rather keeps close track of Zeiss collectibles
as well as their history and development.
Twice yearly, the
society publishes the Zeiss Historica Journal. Since 1978 this publication
has provided the collecting community with numerous, authoritative and
clearly illustrated documentation that describes in detail a wide selection
of Zeiss collectible products; their evolution, design, and function.
We also address biographies of prominent figures in science, optics,
and photography related to Zeiss. The material is collected and contributed
by society members interfacing with each other, Zeiss experts and other
interested parties in free exchange of information.
Since most of our
worldwide members collect the various products and catalogs of the firms,
we have a collective knowledge of the historical data associated with
all of these marvelous instruments. Major Zeiss collectibles items include:
Zeiss Ikon (including predecessor firms such as Goerz, Ernemann, Ica,
and others) and Carl Zeiss cameras as well as photographic lenses, historic
microscopes, telescopes, binoculars, their catalogs and provenance.
Our own logo is
based on the famous logo used by Carl Zeiss beginning in 1903 using
two unified lens cells with the company name and location within.
Our site comprises
the following major pages. Additional pages are linked to the illustrations
to the right of this page. Click on the name of each area to go to that
An overview of historical Zeiss Companies and a list of their collectibles
Our Zeiss Historica Publications
A sample article - The Contax camera's migration to Kiev, Ukraine
A second sample article - An unusual Contax I
An index to all of our published articles
Links to other interesting web sites related to Zeiss and photography
Famous Zeiss Designers and Personalities