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Old 12-06-2016   #1
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Shots with the Contax I.

Contax I v7, Jupiter 8m 50mm f/2, 400-2TMY.

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Great shots Erik
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Thank you, Deklari. It is a fine camera!

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I don't have many pictures yet .. just from the first roll, Contax I (1934), Zeiss Sonnar f2, Kodak, T-Max 100
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Very nice shot, Deklari, is it with a prewar Sonnar?

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Contax I(f), 50mm f/1.5 post-war coated:



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I should have some time to disassemble mine and fix the broken strap over the next few weeks.



5cm f/2.8 Tessar, pardon the FB image compression:





Last useable image before the catastrophic strap failure
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Contax I v4, Jupiter 8m, 400-2TMY.

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Very nice shot, Deklari, is it with a prewar Sonnar?

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S/N 2,684,xxx with red "T" (coated), from 1941?
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I heard the Contax I can be temperamental. Which is the best version to get? Thanks!
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Which is the best version to get?
The last version, version 7.

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Contax I v7, Jupiter 8m 50mm f/2, 400-2TMY.

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Wonderful images, Erik.
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Contax I (1934), collapsible Sonnar f2 "T" (1941)
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The last version, version 7.

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I thought there was only 6 versions? Denoted as A through F.
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Wonderful images, Erik.
Thank you, Steve!

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I thought there was only 6 versions? Denoted as A through F.
Officially there is only one version, but I follow the book by Kuc. In fact there are many more differences between the cameras as the Contax I was in fact an experimental camera.

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Officially there is only one version, but I follow the book by Kuc. In fact there are many more differences between the cameras as the Contax I was in fact an experimental camera.

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Right, of course "officially" it's just the Contax I. It just seems like most discussions of this camera denote 6 versions, not 7, using the letters A through F. Identification information for these are found online. Not sure about the Kuc book as I don't have it, but I'm curious where the extra version is found.
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Not sure about the Kuc book as I don't have it, but I'm curious where the extra version is found.
Usually people call the version 1 the Contax I with one or two pimples. Kuc found out that there is a pre pimple Contax I without pimples. That is the v1. Without slow speeds, of course, and very rare.

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...or dimples...as described in many books...but indeed they are convex and therefore pimples.

Erik, as always your pictures are great and encourage me to have a go at improving my Contax to the point where it is worth risking a film but at the moment a Pentina (urk!) is sitting on my desk looking sad.
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I've never heard of a Pentina before. I hope you can get it working!

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Usually people call the version 1 the Contax I with one or two pimples. Kuc found out that there is a pre pimple Contax I without pimples. That is the v1. Without slow speeds, of course, and very rare.

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Interesting, thanks. Never heard of that.
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I've never heard of a Pentina before. I hope you can get it working!

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Apart from a CZJ Tessar there is little to recommend it unless you want to look like someone out of a cheap '60s sci fi movie...
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Apart from a CZJ Tessar there is little to recommend it unless you want to look like someone out of a cheap '60s sci fi movie...
That's usually enough for me. I've actually got a mostly working one on hand which I found at a local market with original manual and box. I say "mostly" because the shutter is fine, but the aperture no longer opens and closes automatically making focusing a bit more lengthy. I'm OK with this, as it's not the first choice for rapid imaging. Might even take it out on the weekend as I've yet to put a film through it, and Rick Drawbridge has demonstrated that the Tessar can deliver good results.

Fantastic images from eighty-plus year old cameras above. Thank you for sharing them. Despite the consternation that can occasionally be involved in actually using a vintage Contax, perhaps they help explain to the interested observer why some of us still wish to photograph with them.
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One more. I can't remember exactly but this was probably my pre-war black and nickel 5cm f/1.5 Sonnar, which mostly lives on the Contax I.

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few more ...
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Fantastic, Deklari! Great pictures. The last days I didn't look at this thread, so I missed them.

Contax I v4, Jupiter 8M, 400-2TMY.

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Fantastic, Deklari! Great pictures. The last days I didn't look at this thread, so I missed them.

Contax I v4, Jupiter 8M, 400-2TMY.

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Thanks Erik.
You always show wonderful b&w photo. I need to try more..
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Thank you, Deklari.

Contax I, Jupiter 8M, 400-2TMY.

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Contax I v4, Sonnar 50mm f/2, 400-2TMY.

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Contax I, Sonnar 50mm f2, Ilford Delta 100, R09 10min

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Sonnar 50 F2, Ilford Delta 100
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We need more picture here. Where is all Contax I owner? I hope they, not just a collectors
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Contax I is definitely not an everyday kind of camera for me...more like every once in a while when I'm feeling it. Otherwise it's my Leica or Nikon...
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Ok I'll join in! These are all using a Contax I(f) that I'd replaced the shutter ribbons, and with a black/nickel Sonnar 5cm 2.0.

IMG_0034 by Nathan Chen, on Flickr
IMG_0009 by Nathan Chen, on Flickr
IMG_0015 by Nathan Chen, on Flickr
IMG_0016 by Nathan Chen, on Flickr
IMG_0025 by Nathan Chen, on Flickr

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And a few of my son.

IMG_0029 by Nathan Chen, on Flickr

IMG_0034 by Nathan Chen, on Flickr

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Contax I is definitely not an everyday kind of camera for me...more like every once in a while when I'm feeling it. Otherwise it's my Leica or Nikon...
It is true for everyone. But I think we all have something to show from this camera.
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