Impossible Contax IV still awaited ...
In 2010 , I had a rough Contax III restored by the Arsenal techs in Ukraine .
They did a fine job , but needed another scrap Contax III for meter mechanism spares .
Autism makes cyrillic script [ and Wales ] impossible , so being able to find Contax camera really cheaply was great .
The pre-war Contax is THE CAMERA which hands and eyes combine to make ' real ' in a dee'sjointed world . This is rare for me . I am wondering if the high cost o repair and service combined with the economic climate has made rough Contax II/III cameras less desirable . I paid no more than £40 for my donors .
It's not about originality , it's having my favourite camera in a form which calms my dee'sorientation LOL
Being dee'slocated myself , I actually prefer my bitsas 'cos they do not have history to be cared for .
They also made my Avatar Kontax II from a box of parts , literally , non matching body and back , and Kiev shutter . It's great .
The final cameras fully paid for was , for various reasons , were never returned.
A Contax II which was in a sorry state which now it seems is working sweetly and is mechanically original other than screws and springs etc .
Inspired by the cream and tan Contax , it is polished slightly rough silver metal which relates to the very brassed chrome with new tan leather . It was to be a working rat , but the leather was too shot to be re-used and new would look wrong .
The other is a combination of my favourite Contax type experience - with meter and excellent controls copied visually , from the post war Contax . But the script and body style jar , so the remaining Contax III body has been grafted onto an early and rare 1958 Kiev 4 top plate with a non ridged meter cover when Kiev 4 quality was not compromised by quantity over quality .
In no way would I be interested in a late Kiev 4 with patently fake face plate as they share all of the problems of poor quality and reliability .
These , hopefully , will shortly be with me , completing my ' set ' of Contax style profiles .
Naturally , purists will be dismissive of this approach , but boxes of Contax spares are useless to me , in this way , 4 dead and dismantled Contax cameras will now be useable . Never would I either ; part with these cameras , nor try and pass them off as other than ' Kontaxes ' - Germany via Ukraine LOL .
Leica M 8 . Leica Dig 3 and L 1 . Leica II / Leica IIIc . Mint 1952 Kiev 2 etc Taking snapshots and keeping ASdee contained .