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Old 03-13-2019   #1
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Zeiss Contax Month

Apparently we have a Nikon Rangefinder Month- March. In that spirit I would like to declare April "Zeiss Contax Month" unless there already exists such a month, or April is taken by another camera. January should really be the correct month (since the Contax and Leica were the original coupled rangefinder 35mm cameras introduced 1932), but I don't want to wait until next year!
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Old 03-13-2019   #2
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I’m up for that. I’ll fire up the G1
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Iím up for that. Iíll fire up the G1
Well with that Contax, throw another Bergger on the G1 for me (sorry spending too much time on the photo pun thread).
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Someone needs to buy that Contax II that is in the classifieds (before I invest in yet another camera system)!
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Someone needs to buy that Contax II that is in the classifieds (before I invest in yet another camera system)!
It is tempting and if it works, it is a great price- even if just for the 50mm f2 collapsible Sonnar.
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Old 04-01-2019   #6
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I guess I could feed some film through one of my Contax I or II cameras
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Old 04-19-2019   #8
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Here are a few recent Contax shots:


horse by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr


Wildflowers on Hillside by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr


Below Cliffs by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr


Sikorsky UH-60A Helicopter "Black Hawk" by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr

None were actually shot in April, but I would say that "recent" counts. I am shooting the Contax this month, so should have more coming.
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Nice image. I like the composition and colors.
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An excellent idea for a Zeiss Contax month, which I celebrated by getting a very nice Contax IIa to go with my Contax IIIa. Here are a couple of shots from the IIIa, with the Zeiss Opton Sonnar 50/2.0:

Winter by bingley0522, on Flickr

Tangle. by bingley0522, on Flickr
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How about a Contax 139 and 50 Planar? Does that count?

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Contax IIa 85mm Sonnar

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Contax II & 50mm collapsible Sonnar + Efke 50 in Rodinal

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50mm collapsible Sonnar + Fomapan 100 in HC-110

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Pre-war 50mm Sonnar + Agfa Vista 200

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The pre-war Zeiss are such well made stuff, whether a folder, TLR, or Contax, with optics that always surprised, in a good way, but the rangefinders chewed up my glasses and none of it survived 'the Great Camera Sell-Off of 2018/19.'

In a few ways, the old Contax rangefinders I owned and used were better then even M mount Leicas -- longer rangefinder base, bigger rangefinder patch, more contrast, and the lack of frame lines is just so liberating. Sold the Zeiss though; kept an M3.

Hard to imagine something made so long ago still functioned so well. World was a different place back in the late 1930's. Hope I'm doing as well in my 80's.
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The pre-war Zeiss are such well made stuff, whether a folder, TLR, or Contax, with optics that always surprised, in a good way, but the rangefinders chewed up my glasses and none of it survived 'the Great Camera Sell-Off of 2018/19.'

In a few ways, the old Contax rangefinders I owned and used were better then even M mount Leicas -- longer rangefinder base, bigger rangefinder patch, more contrast, and the lack of frame lines is just so liberating. Sold the Zeiss though; kept an M3.

Hard to imagine something made so long ago still functioned so well. World was a different place back in the late 1930's. Hope I'm doing as well in my 80's.
The Contax II is my favourite camera of all time. I own 2 camera bodies (one of them soon to arrive on my door). I sold my Leica gear in order to invest in Contax. It is my hobby and I am slowly learning things as I go along. I view using the Contax like fly fishing on beautiful lake, it's all about the process.
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Contax IIIa with a Biogon 35mm f2.8:

Pears by bingley0522, on Flickr
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Beautiful shots everyone. Zeiss optics just work so well (especially with capable photographers standing behind them).
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April Contax Story:

Last week I traveled to Detroit and Wisconsin. Leaving California, my Contax iia apparently flagged during a hand check. They insisted on X-raying it (I had film in it- I wound it up and sacrificed half a roll). The female security who wiped it looked at it and said (paraphrasing), ' My dad gave me a camera just like that, I think'. I asked a few questions and she confirmed it was German, and said she still had it. When another security guard came over after the camera flagged, I wound the roll, removed it and handed it to him. He X-rayed it and commented (paraphrase), 'wow, that is a dense camera'!

Coming back through Chicago, the camera did not set off the detector, so I suspect it was a fluke (I have done a hand check at least once before with no issues).

I dropped by Westborn Camera in Dearborn and looked at a lens (Sonnar 135mm, Captain Jack collection; had fungus). I also stopped by Alpine Camera in Des Plaines Illinois and picked up some more FP4+. Nice people and they have some quality cameras at reasonable prices. No Contax stuff at the time.
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Speaking of airport security, I left my Contax II in my bag at security, and the bag was flagged. The conversation went something like this:
SO - You have to remove all electronic devices.
Me - It’s not an electronic device.
SO - If it runs on batteries, you have to remove it from
your bag.
Me - It doesn’t run on batteries.
SO - (skeptically) So how does it take a picture?
Me - Springs.
SO - (Annoyed) Just remove it from your bag in the future.
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Speaking of airport security, I left my Contax II in my bag at security, and the bag was flagged. The conversation went something like this:
SO - You have to remove all electronic devices.
Me - It’s not an electronic device.
SO - If it runs on batteries, you have to remove it from
your bag.
Me - It doesn’t run on batteries.
SO - (skeptically) So how does it take a picture?
Me - Springs.
SO - (Annoyed) Just remove it from your bag in the future.
Springs... Beautiful. Good thing you did not say "chemicals".

I think one time I did send my Contax iia through x-ray with no film in it, and just had the film hand checked. They said nothing that time.
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is my kiev II from 1953 also ok to join here? in the end its the contax factory....
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is my kiev II from 1953 also ok to join here? in the end its the contax factory....
For all purposes other than actual brand name it is a Contax. I have a 4a (1978).
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A couple images I took today with my Contax I(f) and Zeiss 5cm f/1.5 Sonnar (black and nickel), on Kodak XX, dev'd in HC-110 dil. H.

Shuffleboard


Match Point


New Chandelier
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Here are a few I took in April


Cliff, WMich by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr


Super Dawg by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr


Flags, North Chicago by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr


Fenced Cliff, WMich by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr


Barn, Wisconsin by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr
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These were taken end of March and beginning of April


Sloped Rocks by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr


V is for Joshua Tree by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr


View from rock by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr


Framed by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr


Backyard Tree by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr
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Here are some more taken in April (did lots of traveling for work; brought a camera along)


Small House by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr


Houses, Ford Streets by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr


Curious Cows by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr


River by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr


Wyandotte Cemetery by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr
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Well Zeiss Contax Month has ended! I ended up travelling a lot this month and took my Contax with me. It is a great camera to travel with. I can fit it in my (large) computer bag along with my 50mm f2 Sonnar and the 21mm f2 SC Skopar, a few filters, viewfinders, etc. I found my self using the 21mm lens a lot. I flew to Detroit three times, then traveled to Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Oklahoma. Along the way I passed through other states (Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas) The third trip I did not bring my Contax as it was a quick trip. I also took a trip to Joshua Tree with my family that ended in the beginning of April. You can see all the Contax shots here and here if interested. The Joshua Tree ones are mixed some images from my Fuji XT-2.

Thanks for sharing your Contax shots! I hope we can do this again next year.
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