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...)