US$9.99: Contax RX Camera Service and Repair Guide

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“Contax RX Camera Service and Repair Guide”

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Number of pages: 88 pages.

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Strengths:    Built quality, handling, metering , totally customisable and of course Zeiss lenses, but we all know this 🙂

Weaknesses:    None disturbing to me.

Bottom Line:   

I took an opportunity on that one, aiming for an Aria in first place.But i don’t regret this buy at all. Constuction and handling is amazing, viewfinder is clear and bright ( grid screen ) which might be disturbing in first place , but is very useful for achitecture and landscape shots.

The keys are incredibly well placed on this camera, as in most late Contax bodies with this speed dial on the left, and the rest of the right, well done. Not too much gadgetery, and the custom functions are quite useful. I’m not using the DFI , but it might be helpful in macro i guess. Not overload indications in the vf, i use av info. Shutter is quiet, i love the sound of it.

I really appreciate this camera more and more. Use it with a 50 mm Planar 1.7, a perfect combo for me sor far. I plan to add a 85 mm and surely buying an Aria, lighter and smaller.

Highly recommended, the price being now affordable.

Strengths:    Built like a tank: heavy but substantial
well designed
Leitz optics: no better made
Nice viewfinder
Focus confirmation
Durable and reliable

Weaknesses:    No autofocus
No longer supported

Bottom Line:   

My last stop in film cameras. Have used different 35mm cameras since the 70’s: Nikon, Canon, Konica, Minolta, Rolleiflex and Leica M. 2 Years ago I got a Contax G and was blown away by the quality of the camera and the Zeiss lenses…so much so I sold my Leica M outit as quality was comparible. I then got a 137MD cheap and again was blown away. I have put away my Maxxum outfit for good. I then got an RX used and some AE lenses (18/4, 28/2.8, 50/1.4, 85/2.8, 135/2.8 and 300/4). This outfit is so good, so well made, I don’t mind going back to manual focus (my older eyes appreciate the focus confirmation in the RX). This is it; my wonderlust is over, no camera has ever impressed me as this one has.
 

In 1993, Yashica introduced a camera that preserved the integrity of the Carl Zeiss manual focus lenses and still provided digital focus assist within the camera body. This camera was called the Contax RX. The RX is an integrated motor drive camera, similar in features to both the Contax 167MT and the Contax ST. The RX provides focus assistance by graphically displaying focus information in the viewfinder. The user still retains responsibility to move the lens but the Digital Focus Assist system indicates, not only the point of focus but the depth of focus, as well. The RX also introduces Custom Function features for the first time. These Custom Functions allows the users to customize the way they want to use the camera.

Specifications

TYPE: 35mm Focal Plane Shutter AE SLR Camera
FILM SIZE: 24 x 36mm
LENS MOUNT: CONTAX/YASHICA MM Mount
SHUTTER: Electronically controlled, metal Vertical travel Focal Plane Shutter
SHUTTER SPEED: AV (Aperture Preferred); P (Program) 16 sec. 1/4000 sec., TV setting (Shutter Speed Preferred)4 sec. to 1/4000 sec Manual: B,X(1/125 sec ), 4 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
FLASH SYNCHRONIZATON: X setting at 1/125 sec or slower; Direct X setting, synch terminal provided.
SELF TIMER: Electronic type with 10 sec delay
SHUTTER RELEASE: Electromagnetic release with exclusive release socket.
EXPOSURE CONTROL MODES:
1)Aperture preferred AE (Av)
2) Shutter Speed Preferred AE (Tv)
3) Program AE (P)
4) Manual Exposure (M)
5) TTL Auto Flash
6) Manual Flash
METERING SYSTEM: TTL Center weighted Average Metering & Spot Metering
METERING RANGE:(ISO 100; f/1.4) Center weighted Average Metering EVI-EV20, spot metering EV5-EV20
FILM SPEED SETTING: Automatic with DX coded film of ISO 25-5000 Manual setting ISO 6-6400AE LOCK By Exposure Value on the image plane in memory.
EXPOSURE COMPENSATION: + 2EV to 2EV (in 1/3 EV steps)A B C SYSTEM A B C. Lever 3 frames continuous exposures or single frame advance Exposure range: 0.5EV to +/-1.0EV
COUPLED FLASH SYSTEM: TTL Direct Flash Control w/TLA flash
FLASH COUPLING: Automatic shifting of shutter speed at full charge of the exclusive TLA flash.
AUTO-SET FLASH SYSTEM: Automatic switch on system works with TLA 360
SECOND CURTAIN SYNCHRO: Possible with an exclusive TLA flash which is capable of second curtain synchronization.
FOCUS INDICATOR: TTL Phase Difference Detection on method, Display with Digital Focus Indicator in the finder Focus sensing range (ISO 100) EV 2 -20
VIEW FINDER: Fixed Eye-Level Penta-prism (long eye point) with 95% of field of view 0.8X magnification with 50mm standard lens at infinity & 1D diopter.
DIOPTRIC ADJUSTMENT: Internally adjustable from +1D to -3D
FOCUSING SCREEN Horizontally split image/Micro-prism (FW-1) as standard. Focusing screens are interchangeable.
FINDER DISPLAY: Digital Focus Indicator, Shutter Speed, Aperture, Exposure Mark, A B C display, Exposure compensation, Metering display Flash mark, Film counter
EXTERNAL LCD PANE: Display of Film counter, Film speed, Self-timer count, LT exposure (Bulb)count, Customs function display, Battery warning mark, A B C display, Multi exposure display
FILM LOADING: Auto loading, Automatic film advance to frame No 1 when the shutter release button is pressed
FILM ADVANCE: Automatic film advance with built in motor
FILM REWIND: Automatic film rewind with built-in motor (Film rewind stops when the film is rewound ) Mid-roll rewinding possible
DRIVE MODE: Single Frame continuous exposure, self timer and multi-exposure modes
FILM ADVANCE SPEED: Max 3 frames per second in continuous mode (with fresh battery at normal temperatures )
FILM COUNTER: Automatic resetting, Additive type; display shows LT exposure (Bulb) count, self timer count, A.B.C. display
ACCESSORY SHOE: Direct x-contact (Coupled With TLA flash)
CUSTOM FUNCTIONS:
Display of selected mode in the finder (Focus priority mode/Exposure priority mode/No display)
Mode selection at green position
Method selection of AE lock (by half-way pressing of shutter release button/by exposure check button, or no AE Lock setting)
Multi exposure selection
A B C exposure order selection
Depth of field preview operation
Film rewinding mode selection
CAMERA BACK COVER: Opened by the camera back opening lever; Detachable, Data back and film check window are provided.
DATA BACK: Built in Quartz clock (auto calendar), Imprint Year/Month/ Day, Day/Hour/Minute, Month/Day/Year, Day/Month/Year, and No print.
POWER SOURCE: 1 6V Lithium Battery (2CR5), 1 3 V Lithium Battery (CR2025) for Data back.
BATTERY CHECK: Automatic checking system Display on the LCD panel.
OTHERS: Depth of field preview button.
DIMENSIONS: 151(W)x104.5(H)x59mm(D) (6×4-1/8×2-3/8in.)
WEIGHT: 810grams (28.57ozs) without battery.

US$9.99: Canon VIT / VIL / P rangefinder camera Service/ Repair Manual

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“Canon VIT / VIL / P  rangefinder camera Service/ Repair Manual”

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The Canon VT is a rangefinder camera released by Canon in 1956. Until then, Canon had a history of making slightly modified Leica copies. The release of the VT showed for the first time that Canon could be a leader in 35mm rangefinder design.

Canon kept the Leica screw mount on the VT, and little else. They changed the film advance from a top-mounted knob to a bottom-mounted trigger. The tripod socket was moved to mount a trigger wind grip. They added a swing-open back making the camera easier to load than previous bottom loading Canons.

The VT used a cloth shutter curtain, and shutter speeds were from 1s to 1/1000, plus T and B. Available Canon lenses ranged from 25mm to 800mm, and offered lenses as fast as f/1.2. Flash sync is available for FP, M, and X.

One of its best features was a 3-position viewfinder with rotating prisms, which could be set to 35mm, 50mm and RF. In the RF setting, accessory shoe-mounted viewfinders with automatic parallax correction would be used.

 

Cannon VIL, the range finder cameras Canon, which was released in 1958. Models in the series that incorporates design designed by industrial designer, starting with type V, may be said to form the complete machine range finder with one axis non-rotating shutter dial, automatic restoration film counter, the viewfinder magnification. I think the beauty in design and does not extend to the VI series becomes larger to incorporate the exposure meter final series of Canon Leica but 7 series.Maybe because other companies did not adopt too, pretty clear and convenient, variable magnification viewfinder less likely to be evaluated is not employed in or 7 from the problem of cost but only the frame than the switch.

 

 

 

The Canon P (P for Populaire) was a rangefinder camera produced by Canon Inc., compatible with the Leica screw mounting. It was introduced in March 1959 and was marketed as a low-cost sister to the Canon VI-L. A black version was also introduced, which today is quite rare. The Canon P is the predecessor to the Canon 7rangefinder.

 

 

US$9.99: Leica M2 Repair Training Manual

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US$9.99: Leica iiif service manual

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The Leica IIIf was Leitz‘s first 35mm camera body for screw mount lenses with built-in flash synchronization. It succeeded the Leica IIId, which was a rare variant of the Leica IIIc. Built-in synch means that, unlike its predecessors, the IIIf didn’t need an optional rework for flash photography. But flash sychronization still needed an extra adjustment, a contact number between 0 and 20 , which was depending on the type of flash bulbs. That was necessary since different types of bulbs needed different flash firing delay times for exact synchronization. The color of the contact number scale was changed from black to red in 1952 to make a distinction between the IIIf with older and the one with newer shutter types. The red dial model has a 1/50 flash sync speed compared with only 1/30 for the black dial model. When the camera body appeared on the market in 1950 it was already prepared for an upgrade adding a self-timer – that was available from 1954.

Leitz also made the IIf, without slow speeds; this also only had a 1/500 top speed on black dial models and early red dial models. The IIf has a round piece of vulcanite in the normal location of the slow speed dial. The even rarer If has no slow speeds, viewfinder or rangefinder. Unlike the IIIf and IIf, the If has the flash sync socket on the front of the body in place of the slow speed dial.

 

Below from Pacific Rim Camera Collection:

LeicaIIIFLeica IIIf Red Dial Self Timer, with 50/3.5 Elmar

Leica IIIf Black Dial, with 50/3.5 Elmar

Leica If Red Dial, with 50/3.5 Red Scale Elmar

 


In 1950 Leitz introduced what was to become the highest production screw mount Leica, the IIIF. It was essentially a IIIC with the addition of flash synchronization. Underneath the shutter speed is a ring for flash delay setting for flash bulbs. In 1952, at serial number 611000 the shutter speed progression was changed from 1/30, 1/40, 1/60 to 1/25, 1/50, 175. Earlier cameras are referred to as “Black Dial” or simply “BD” cameras, later ones are ” Red Dial” or “RD” cameras.

Another feature was added in 1954, the self timer. It can be readily identified by the large self timer arm on the front wind side of the camera. These are referred to as IIIF RD ST cameras, or occasionally as IIIF D/A cameras.

It should be noted that any IIIF camera could be sent to the factory and upgraded with a self timer.

Other variations include Canadian examples produces in Midland, Ontario, and black finish cameras for the military.

The IIC was replaced in 1951 by the IIF, a IIIF without the slow speeds. Like the IIC, the IIF had a vulcanite patch where the slow speed dial would have been. It was available both as a Red Dial as well as Black Dial. All black dial cameras, and Red Dial cameras made before 1954 have a top speed of 1/500, while red dial cameras made in 1954 and later have a top speed of 1/1000.

To round out the series, the IC was replaced by the IF in 1952. It was a IIF without the rangefinder or viewfinder. Like the IC, it had two accessory shoes on the top. Like the other cameras in this series, it was available both in red and black dial versions. Total production was just under 17,000 cameras, ending in 1958.

 

Production figures by year:

Leica IIIf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Black Dial Red Dial Self Timer Canadian
1950/51 15,000 -0- -0- -0-
1951 25,000 -0- -0- -0-
1952 30,000 35,000 -0- 1000 Black Dial
1953 -0- 18,000 -0- 1000 Red Dial
1954 -0- -0- 31,000 2000 Self Timer
1955 -0- -0- 9000 1000 Self Timer
1956 -0- -0- 14,600 367 Self Timer
1957 -0- -0- 1133 -0-
Total 70,000 53,000 55,733 5367

 

 

Leica IIf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Black Dial Red Dial 1/500 Red Dial 1/1000
1951 4000 -0- -0-
1952 4400 4600 -0-
1953 -0- 5000 -0-
1954 -0- 2748 3344
1955 -0- -0- 7000
1956 -0- -0- 3999
Total 8400 12348 14343

 

Leica If

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

year Black Dial Red Dial
1952 1118 800
1953 -0- 5000
1954 -0- 2000
1955 -0- 4000
1956 -0- 3900
1957 -0- 82
1958 -0- 4
Total 1118 15786