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    A Super short Review of the Contax T Rangefinder

    The Contax T is the first of the premium compact
    T series cameras from Contax/Kyocera.

    First introduced in 1984, the Contax T is a true
    rangefinder unlike the subsequent models (T2, T3 and TvS)
    where were more of a premium Point & Shoot cameras.

    This camera isn't very well known now because it is quite rare,
    but in the hey-days it was used by celebrated photographers
    HCB and Costa Manos.

    Here is a picture of famous fashion photographer Mario Testino using
    a well-used black Contax T. Next to him is Mariah Carey.
    My silver contaxt T is in the foreground with the attached flash.




    Comparison with the other Compact RFs

    I find the Contax T fascinating, it is as-if the designers
    took the best bits from the other great compacts and crammed it
    into this camera with enhancements:

    * RF patch is diamond-shaped (Yashica-GSN/Minolta Hi-matic)

    * Form factor is similar to the Minox 35, Rollei 35, Olympus XA

    * Flash Attachment is similar to the XA but unlike the Oly A11 flash
    which is underpowered with a GN of 10, the Contax T flash T14 has a
    GN of 14m (2xAA batteries vs 1 for the XA)

    * Aperture Priority similar to the Minox and XA

    * The Cover flips like the Minox 35.

    * Film advance lever like the Minox but is a single-stroke lever unlike the double
    found on the Minox.

    * Film loading like the Rollei 35

    * The ISO reaches a max of 1000 versus the 800 for the XA, Minox

    (to be contined...)
    Last edited by raytoei; 4th August 2012 at 05:37 PM.

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    Using the Contax T

    Well, this thing is small but heavy. How heavy ? I think if i loop
    the Camera strap around my neck, I risk slapping myself into unconsciousness
    from the Contax T if I attempt to run, it is "throw-at-the-dog-and-the-dog-will-die"
    heavy.

    But just like the XA is a bit too light, and the Rollei 35 is a bit too heavy,
    the heaviness of the Contax T is offset by the nicely done thumb grip on the camera,
    the risk of the camera slipping is quite small.

    A more irritating issue is the camera cover, it is a bit unnatural to walk around for street
    photography with the cover flipped opened versus the XA which slides open easily and
    unobstrusely.

    However, I complain too much. This Sonnar 38/f2.8 camera is a beautiful camera
    and it takes beautiful pictues, even if my Contax T RF patch is a bit mis-aligned at f2.8.

    Here are some pictures of beautiful people:










    All captured on the Contax-T mostly at f2.8. Film is the self-rolled Ilford XP-2.

    Fin.


    raytoei
    Last edited by raytoei; 4th August 2012 at 06:01 PM.

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    The camera itself looks darned cute. Liked the 2nd last shot too
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    Default Re: A Super short Review of the Contax T Rangefinder

    Quote Originally Posted by raytoei View Post
    Using the Contax T

    Well, this thing is small but heavy. How heavy ? I think if i loop
    the Camera strap around my neck, I risk slapping myself into unconsciousness
    from the Contax T if I attempt to run, it is "throw-at-the-dog-and-the-dog-will-die"
    heavy.

    But just like the XA is a bit too light, and the Rollei 35 is a bit too heavy,
    the heaviness of the Contax T is offset by the nicely done thumb grip on the camera,
    the risk of the camera slipping is quite small.

    A more irritating issue is the camera cover, it is a bit unnatural to walk around for street
    photography with the cover flipped opened versus the XA which slides open easily and
    unobstrusely.

    However, I complain too much. This Sonnar 38/f2.8 camera is a beautiful camera
    and it takes beautiful pictues, even if my Contax T RF patch is a bit mis-aligned at f2.8.

    Here are some pictures of beautiful people:










    All captured on the Contax-T mostly at f2.8. Film is the self-rolled Ilford XP-2.

    Fin.


    raytoei
    drool !
    shaddap and just shoot .... up close
    Walkeast

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