Repair and service information for the Contax camera. We provide free online pdf manuals for digital and film cameras: Contax MD, , MT, , Aria, G, i, N, RTS, SL, T, TVS, U. Contax Quartz 35mm SLR camera, Contax Q, Q. TTL metering system using a silicon photo diode, manual or aperture-priority exposure controls .
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There is no known serial number data for the but available information shows the magnet problem was corrected in cameras with serial numbers above, approximately,The electrical pulse energises an electromagnet which is in opposition to the permanent magnet and so cancels the magnetic field so releasing the mechanism.
An optional winder, powered by four AA batteries, was available for the camera. The finder has a matte field with a horizontal split-image device surrounded by a microprism.
And so my Contax quartz was consigned to the scrap heap. Another change that took place was to the transfer switch. However, conatx are other’s in my collection that are just as good such as my humble Yashica FX-D. The Contax Quartz with a 35mm f2. Automatic count-up and reset. Another change replaced the switch with a simpler mechanism that had less parts and needed no adjustment.
Front facing body LED flashes to indicate operation, accelerating 2 seconds before mauale is released. If another should come along, which does actually work, I’d go for it, but not at any cost; I think the price I paid was about right.
It didn’t seem like a bad price for an example advertised as being in FWO. The Q had a quartz-timed, electronically-controlled vertical metal shutter that was very advanced for its day. This page was last modified on 17 Decemberat Shutter speeds indicated by 14 LEDs where flickering indicates the user set speed, and continuous illumination indicates the camera’s auto shutter speed.
Every now and then you get a duff camera: Over time, the face of the magnet becomes fouled and the armature becomes stuck to it so fails to move away when the magnetic field is turned off.
But cotnax aware, if looking for a high serial number unit, there’s evidence that some baseplates with high serial numbers on them were used as replacement parts so the camera may not match the serial number. In later models, the magnet and associated mechanism were improved which largely eliminated the problem.
LED flash indictor, with after flash subject within range indicator. It has a centre-weighted TTL metering system using a silicon photo diode, manual or aperture-priority exposure controls, a DOF preview lever, an AE lock feature to retain metered shutter speeds and thus allow shots to be re-framed without changing the exposure values, an exposure compensation control, TTL synchronised cintax with dedicated units a second SPD cell measures the light reaching the film planeand the option to attach a power winder and data back.
Full exposure information visible in the viewfinder with individual shutter speeds on the manjale lit by LED. The aperture information is on the top of the finder. Of course, the self-timer is quartz timed too. Yashica also manufactured the Yashica FX-D which was seen as a budget version of the with less features but, in fact, was largely a completely different camera.
The is a nice little camera, and one I would have been very happy to use. These are the ones that got away.
I intended to make it my main film camera, and planned to send it to Peter Robinson for a minor service.
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Manhale prism with horizontal split-image spot, surrounded by a micro-prism collar. The electronic shutter release causes an electrical pulse to be sent to the release magnet. The lens aperture setting is shown in a window at the top of the viewfinder, and shutter speeds via a bank of LEDs. The release magnet is a combination magnet that holds the mechanism in its cocked position using a permanent magnet. Contax Quartz Fujica Fujicarex.
Coupling for power winder. The original switch was a sealed microswitch that was unserviceable, other than to replace it, and it was replaced with another switch that had an open construction that could be cleaned and adjusted if necessary.
It is powered by two SR44 batteries. Sure, I could have tried to re-sell it, with full disclosure, but I didn’t really want to put a pile of crap back into circulation, and leave another collector disappointed.
Other new features included manual or aperture-priority exposure controls and a DOF preview lever. Exposure compensation is available and can be adjusted by over or under 2 EV.