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For those who are looking for a sparkling Contax I
Old 10-12-2019   #1
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For those who are looking for a sparkling Contax I

http://leica-opera.com/10971

Very nice cased Ic with the quite rare black and nickel Sonnar f/2 which looks unscratched.

Will probably fail before the end of the first film roll because it is very unlikely that it got overhauled recently, of course.
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I have this model in a very good condition, it is model 4 (Kuc). Everything works as it should. It even has a flash synch, beautifully hidden behind the right strap lug connector.

All my other Contax I cameras only work partially, the fast speeds are the big problem on these cameras.

I think that the above camera is overhauled, at least it has the small nickel nobbysparrow screws.

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What a beautiful thing.
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Beautiful camera, but check out some of the photographers highlighted on that site.
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Old 10-12-2019   #5
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That’s great, and to my mind cheap. Crazy that the T2/T3 point and shoots go for nearly double that
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Hmmm, I don't see how the nickel on knobs etc can be worn through to brass and the paint immaculate...

Nice though.
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The best looking camera of all times.
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The best looking camera of all times.

I prefer the Nikon S2 in black.


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Old 10-12-2019   #9
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beautiful design. would love to see a modern reincarnation of this (film or digital).
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Oh, Shiny!

A version 4 Contax I was the first model I've bought and reanimated.
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I once was about to get a Contax 1, but the posts on its lack of reliability scared me away from it. I find such a camera to be very beautiful.
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My first inclination was to refinish my own first Contax - a non-functioning II 'beater' - in shiny new black enamel. However, when I contemplated the thing's history I simply got rid of the green verdigris corrosion and cleaned it up - and left it as it was, worn-away chrome, scratches and scuffs and all.

Of course, not having a pristine finish to worry about, it is now one of the first cameras I pick up to use...
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It looks very nice.

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...would love to see a modern reincarnation of this (film or digital).
That is called the Contax iia

For a black Contax, this is the closest I have:


Kiev 4A Type2 (Black) by Mark Wyatt, on Flickr
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After a few years intensive use, the camera will look like this:





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Reminds me of an oven baked camera! Cool.
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My re-animated v5 and v4.
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^^^^ They look great. What are they like to shoot with ?
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I personally find winding the shutter and setting the speed is somewhat more 'crunchy' than on the Contax II. It's certainly more work having to switch to the speeds group and then picking the speed you need.
Focus and shutter release feel the same as on the Contax II, where you fingers tend to get in front of the RF window if you don't practice the "contax grip".

The v7 I have feels the most refined of the Contax I models.
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Old 01-02-2020   #19
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Contax 1, Nikkor H 50mm f/2, 400-2TMY/AdoxMCC110.

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Nice one Erik.
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Thank you, Pan.


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Clicked the link to see the most beautiful camera.
Bit of a let down.
Rather brick-like in an Argus C3 way.
IMO, the Contax G2 is more appealing as an object d'art.
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Somehow the Nikkor 5cm f/2 works best on the camera.

Contax I/Nikkor H 50mm f/2/TMY2-400/AdoxMCC110.

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Can't just have the camera on its own -- it needs a few friends


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Vince, this isn't this the version without the "long times"? Much easier to handle - if the camera works - than the later versions.



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Vince, this isn't this the version without the "long times"? Much easier to handle - if the camera works - than the later versions.



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I believe so - I managed to find a few more shots of it (I sold the camera kit years ago). I do recall that it had an AU serial number, so I believe it was a 1a. 1 dimple, no foot. It worked just fine.


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Just spotted in a portfolio published today by "L'Oeil de la Photographie", a portrait of the model Liz Gibbons as a photographer by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, shot in 1938 ( Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona / Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York).

Looks like Liz is holding a Contax I with a black and nickel 5cm Sonnar f/2 and its original black hood.
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Just spotted in a portfolio published today by "L'Oeil de la Photographie", a portrait of the model Liz Gibbons as a photographer by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, shot in 1938 ( Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona / Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York).


What I see, is this:
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Thanks for the heads-up, Erik. Looks like "The Eye of Photography" hardly limits the amount of connections to their journal images hosting server thanks to some direct html linking. Go figure.

I have edited my above post and attached the photo to the post for now. But, as a result, the photo is now too small to see the Contax I while it's easy to recognize it on the online hosted large photo.

Anyway, for those who want to see the large version of the online photo, the portfolio is here (but it will be available online for 24 hours only because of the journal policy) and displaying the said image alone will expand it to its largest size on your screen :

https://loeildelaphotographie.com/en...n-of-style-pp/
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Well - new attempt below with another direct link to a large version of the photo, hosted online by the Staley-Wise Gallery :



Louise Dahl-Wolfe Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona / Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York
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I always thought the ergonomics of the Contax I a bit of a struggle, I didn't realise that this pose was the correct way of going about using this camera.
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A very creative way to use the camera.


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This way it does not create the picture on the film upside down.
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