Two extremely different cameras that accomplish the same thing – recording an image on 135 film. The Contax is a much bigger camera and for the most part, it is an original design by Zeiss Ikon of Stuttgart. The Tower was made by Nicca Camera for the Sears, Roebuck Company for sale in the US and Canada. The Nicca was inspired by an original design by Leica and it’s often considered to be one of the better Leica “copies”.
Both cameras feature interchangeable lenses and both are rangefinders. The Contax has an attached exposure meter (non-coupled) and with the Tower, you would use a separate meter for determining proper exposures.
What’s interesting is that back in 1951 these cameras were considered to be “miniature” 35mm cameras per their advertising of the time.
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Hi there Chris – I hope all is going well with you. I have copies of a British camera magazine from 1939 called Miniature Camera World. They considered cameras taking 120 and 620 film as miniature cameras, as well as 35mm.
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All is well thank you. That’s amazing as I never knew that. Thanks for sharing.