Aria is very late in the sequence, so newer... Made more recently, and made with more recent technology. It's also small, light, and does everything so very nicely.
I say, if it's one Contax, it's the Aria.
That said, the 167MT is a good effective body. Some say there's an internal battery or capacitor that kills the LCD when it goes; I can't confirm that. Mine work fine. As an inexpensive way to get started in Contax, no problem.
Then the next question is lenses. They are great.
Col. Sebastian Moran
, ret. (not really)
In Classifieds Now: Bessa R2S, Contax IIa
and Nikon lenses
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Sony E/FE, Nikon dSLR, and iPhone digital. Misc film.
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