Repair and service information for the Contax camera. We provide free online pdf manuals for digital and film cameras: Contax MD, , MT, , Aria, G, i, N, RTS, SL, T, TVS, U. Contax Quartz 35mm SLR camera, Contax Q, Q. TTL metering system using a silicon photo diode, manual or aperture-priority exposure controls .
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There is no known serial number data for the but available information shows the magnet problem was corrected in cameras with serial numbers above, approximately,Another change replaced the switch with a simpler mechanism that had less parts and needed no adjustment.
Silver-coated prism with horizontal split-image spot, surrounded by a micro-prism collar. Via crank and release button. Other new features included manual or aperture-priority exposure controls and a DOF preview lever.
The Q had a quartz-timed, electronically-controlled vertical metal shutter that manuaoe very advanced for its day. Personal tools Log in.
The finder has a matte field with a horizontal split-image device surrounded by a microprism. Of course, the self-timer is quartz timed too. Automatic count-up and reset. The electronic shutter release causes an electrical pulse to be sent to the release magnet. Over time, the face of the magnet becomes fouled and the armature becomes stuck to it so fails to move away when the magnetic field is turned off.
The ones that got away. Shutter speeds indicated by 14 LEDs where flickering indicates the user set speed, and continuous illumination indicates the camera’s auto shutter speed.
However, there are other’s in my collection that are just as good such as my humble Yashica FX-D. Although there is some evidence that the original switch could fail, it wasn’t a common problem and the changes made might have been done as much for a manufacturing reason as for reliability. The electrical pulse energises an electromagnet which is in opposition to the permanent magnet and so cancels the magnetic field so releasing the mechanism.
The aperture information is on the top of the finder. Views Read View source View history. Coupling for power winder. And so my Contax quartz was consigned to the scrap heap. These are the ones that got away. I know buying off eBay is a complete gamble, but it’s always disappointing when a purchase proves to be total waste of money.
This page was last modified on 17 Decemberat These were, at least in part, to overcome some reliability issues with early examples. It was manufactured by Yashica in Japan under licence to Zeiss.
Sure, I could have tried to re-sell it, with full disclosure, but I didn’t really want to put a pile of crap back into circulation, and leave another collector disappointed.
Quartz-timed electronic self-timer with precise 10 sec delay. It has a centre-weighted TTL metering system using a silicon photo diode, manual or aperture-priority exposure controls, a DOF preview lever, an AE lock feature to retain metered shutter speeds and thus allow shots to be re-framed without changing the exposure values, an exposure compensation control, TTL synchronised flash with dedicated units a second SPD cell measures the light reaching the film planeand the option to attach a power winder and data back.
Quartz-timed electronically controlled vertical travel type metal focal plane shutter. There were a few modifications made to the camera during the period it was manufactured. LED flash indictor, with after flash subject within range indicator. Setting AE lock lever locks in shutter speed in effect at time of setting.
If another should come along, which does actually work, I’d go for it, but not at any cost; I think the price I paid was about right.
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Front facing body LED flashes to indicate operation, accelerating 2 seconds before shutter is released. The Contax cameras benefit from the first use of a quartz-timed, electronically-controlled, vertical metal shutters; the point being that shutter speeds were theoretically extremely accurate. It didn’t seem like a bad price for an example advertised as being in FWO. The viewfinder has a matte field with a horizontal split-image central spot surrounded by a micro-prism collar.
Every now and then you get a duff camera: An optional winder, powered by four AA batteries, was available for the camera. Under and over exposure warnings. The original transfer switch was replaced around the same maunale as the magnet change and then changed again around serial numberSome months later, I made arrangements for the camera to be serviced, but noticed that the second shutter curtain was not closing properly, and came to rest with a small gap of light showing. The is ocntax nice little camera, and one I would have been very happy to use.
In total there was something overunits made and just a handful of cameras with serial numbers abovehave been seen.
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I intended to make it my main film camera, and planned to send it to Peter Robinson for a minor service. Exposure compensation is available and can be adjusted by over or under 2 EV. This page has been accessed 11, times. Yashica also manufactured the Yashica FX-D which was seen as a budget version of the with less features but, in fact, was largely a completely different camera.
It is powered by two SR44 batteries. The most common problem with the is a sticking release magnet.