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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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It was manufactured by Yashica in Japan under licence to Zeiss. And so my Contax quartz was consigned to the scrap heap.

manale It didn’t seem like a bad price for an example advertised as being in FWO. The original switch was a sealed microswitch that was unserviceable, other than to replace it, and it was replaced with another switch that had an open construction that could be cleaned and adjusted if necessary.

The Contax Quartz is a 35mm SLR that was introduced in and manuxle up until with something overbeing built in that time. Shutter speeds indicated by 14 LEDs where flickering indicates the user set speed, and continuous illumination indicates the camera’s auto shutter conrax. However, there are other’s in my collection that are just as good such as my humble Yashica FX-D. These are the ones that got away.

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,Views Read View source View history. Another change that took place was to the transfer switch.


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The Contax Quartz with a 35mm f2. The Contax cameras cpntax from the first use of a quartz-timed, electronically-controlled, vertical metal shutters; the point being that shutter speeds were theoretically extremely accurate.

Coupling for power winder. Via crank and release button. In later models, the magnet and associated mechanism were improved which largely eliminated the problem. The is a nice little camera, and one I would have been very happy to use.

Details of the full differences can be found here. The first thing I noticed, when the camera arrived, was that the mirror hung. But be aware, if looking for a high serial number unit, there’s evidence that some baseplates with high serial numbers on them were used as replacement parts so the camera may not match the serial number.

The most common problem with the is a sticking release magnet. The electronic shutter release causes an electrical pulse to be sent maunale the release magnet.

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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. The lens aperture setting is shown in a window at the top of the viewfinder, and shutter speeds via a bank of LEDs. The release magnet is a combination magnet that holds the mechanism in its cocked position using a permanent magnet. Personal tools Log mqnuale.

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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.

Retrieved from ” http: This page was last modified on 17 Decemberat Other new features included manual or aperture-priority exposure controls and a DOF preview lever. Under and over exposure warnings. It is powered by two SR44 batteries. 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 manuape, an exposure compensation control, Manuape synchronised flash with dedicated units a second SPD cell measures the light reaching the vontax planeand the option to attach a power winder and kanuale back.


LED flash indictor, with after flash subject within range indicator. Quartz-timed electronic self-timer with precise 10 sec delay. The viewfinder has a matte field with a horizontal split-image central spot surrounded by a micro-prism collar.

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. In total there was something overunits made and manuxle a handful of cameras with serial numbers abovehave been seen.

Another change replaced the switch with a simpler mechanism that had less parts and needed no adjustment. The electrical pulse energises an electromagnet which is in opposition to the permanent magnet and so cancels the magnetic field so releasing the mechanism.