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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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. LED flash indictor, with after flash subject nanuale range indicator. The Q had a quartz-timed, electronically-controlled vertical metal shutter that was very advanced for its day.

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Retrieved from ” http: Via crank and release button. The ones that got away. These were, at least in part, to overcome some reliability issues with early examples. Personal tools Log in. Shutter speeds indicated by 14 LEDs where flickering indicates the user set speed, and continuous illumination indicates the camera’s auto shutter speed.

The electrical pulse energises an electromagnet which is in opposition to the permanent magnet and so cancels the magnetic field so releasing the mechanism. Contax Quartz Fujica Fujicarex.

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Details of the full differences cobtax be found here. The first thing I noticed, when the camera arrived, was that the mirror hung. The electronic shutter release causes an electrical pulse to be sent to the release magnet.

Sadly the prognosis was that a replacement shutter was the only sure fix, and the cost exceeded that of buying a fully serviced This page was last modified on 17 Decemberat 193 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.


But be 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. The Contax Quartz with a 35mm f2. However, there are other’s in my collection that are just as good such as my humble Yashica FX-D. The finder has a matte field with a horizontal split-image device surrounded by a microprism.

This page has been accessed 11, times. There were a few modifications made to the camera during the period it was manufactured. Front facing body LED flashes to indicate operation, accelerating 2 seconds before shutter is released. Exposure compensation is available and can be adjusted by over or under 2 EV. In total there was something overunits made and just a handful of cameras with serial numbers abovehave been seen. Other new features included manual or aperture-priority exposure controls and a DOF preview lever.

Quartz-timed electronic self-timer with mnauale 10 sec delay. Automatic count-up and reset. The aperture information is on the top of the finder.

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An optional winder, powered by four AA batteries, was available for the camera. The viewfinder has a matte field with a horizontal split-image central spot surrounded by a micro-prism collar. The Contax cameras benefit from the first use of a quartz-timed, electronically-controlled, vertical metal shutters; 19 point being that shutter speeds were theoretically extremely accurate.

Another change that took place was to the transfer switch. And so my Contax quartz was mnauale to the scrap heap.

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 mankale have been very happy to use.

The most common problem with the is a sticking release magnet.

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.


Silver-coated prism with horizontal split-image spot, surrounded by a micro-prism collar. It was manufactured by Yashica in Japan under licence to Zeiss. Setting AE lock lever locks in shutter speed in effect at time of setting. Privacy policy About Camera-wiki. The Contax Quartz is conntax 35mm SLR that manualw introduced in and manufactured up until with something overbeing built in that time.

The release magnet is a combination magnet that holds the mechanism in its cocked position using a permanent magnet. Some months later, I made arrangements for the camera to be serviced, but noticed that the second shutter curtain was not closing properly, and came to rest with a small gap of light showing.

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,Views Read View source View history. In later models, the magnet and associated mechanism were improved which largely eliminated the problem.

I intended to make it my main film camera, and planned to send it to Peter Robinson for a minor service. Although there is some evidence that the original switch could fail, it wasn’t a common problem and the changes made might have been done as much for a manufacturing reason as for reliability.

Full exposure information visible in the viewfinder with individual shutter speeds on the right lit by LED. The lens aperture setting is shown in a window at the top ccontax the viewfinder, and shutter speeds via a bank of LEDs.

It didn’t seem like a bad price for an example advertised as being in FWO.