Quartz-timed electronically controlled vertical travel type metal focal plane shutter. Contax Q It has a centre-weighted TTL metering manusle 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 flash 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 right lit by LED. The Contax cameras benefit from the first use of a quartz-timed, electronically-controlled, vertical metal shutters; the point being that shutter speeds were theoretically extremely accurate. Coupling for power winder. The release magnet is a combination magnet that holds the mechanism in its cocked position using a permanent magnet.
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It was advertised as the perfect camera to shoot sports and fast moving subjects which made it the Official 35mm Camera Of The Olympic Winter Games. From the attic, most of them have been passed in the hands of the new generations, or sold on flea markets for close to nothing to new film photographers.
While there are still plenty available on the market, the AE-1 is no longer the student budget film camera it was a few years ago and prices have skyrocketed over the past decade. You may be lucky and find a good copy at a reasonable price but they may have some quirks that would require a minimum of maintenance in order to work properly. Not ideal as first film camera if you ask me. Just so you know that my comparison may be a little biased but I still believe the Q can be a great first film camera or a nice piece to add to your collection.
Shutter priority is useful for wildlife or sports photography where you need to freeze or capture motion. Controlling the Aperture of your lens gives control over the depth of field, so you can decide on what should be in focus on your image. Great for blurring out the background on portraits or using zone-focusing when doing Street Photography for example.
This puts the Contax ahead in terms of robustness and durability. All that without adding any weight on the scale which brings us to our next point. The difference comes mostly from the body as both 50mm kit lenses have almost identical weight. Size wise, the Contax body is also a little more compact and feels better in my average sized hands.
The finish is also better on the Contax and every knob or button are right where you expect them to be making it very intuitive to use. Better Viewfinder While they both share a x0. The LED light meter reading is also more intuitive than the Canon with its needle.
Another refinement is the Aperture setting shown inside a small window right above the finder. Some of these are undiscovered gems among the Yashica ML lenses lineup and cost close to nothing. Those ones with damaged covering are usually going for really cheap and you can easily replace it yourself with one of these customer leatherette replacement kit if you want to give a fresh new start. Another option is to go for its cousin the Yashica FX-D Quartz which is the exact same camera lacking some of the Q refinements.
All these are scans from Nation Photo. I hope these few lines could help to discover the CONTAX system which again I believe deserve its rank among the best cameras ever made.
That being said, the Canon AE-1 is still a fantastic camera to get acquainted with film photography and if you get your hands on a good definitely go for it, but if you want to step-up your game and appreciate handling refined cameras, the CONTAX Q will not disappoint you!
It was advertised as the perfect camera to shoot sports and fast moving subjects which made it the Official 35mm Camera Of The Olympic Winter Games. From the attic, most of them have been passed in the hands of the new generations, or sold on flea markets for close to nothing to new film photographers. While there are still plenty available on the market, the AE-1 is no longer the student budget film camera it was a few years ago and prices have skyrocketed over the past decade. You may be lucky and find a good copy at a reasonable price but they may have some quirks that would require a minimum of maintenance in order to work properly.
Contax 139 printed manual
The ones that got away. Documents — Contax Resource Another change replaced the switch with a simpler mechanism that had less parts and needed no adjustment. Silver-coated prism with horizontal split-image spot, surrounded by a micro-prism collar. These were, at least in part, to overcome some reliability issues with early examples. 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. Coupling for power winder. LED flash indictor, with after flash subject within range indicator.