A Super short Review of the Contax T Rangefinder


raytoei

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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...)
 

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raytoei

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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
 

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The camera itself looks darned cute. Liked the 2nd last shot too :)
 

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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
drool !
 

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