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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. Details of the full differences can be found here. In later models, the magnet and associated mechanism were improved which largely eliminated the problem. Via crank and manua,e button. It didn’t seem like a bad price for an example advertised as being in FWO.
I know buying off eBay is a complete gamble, but it’s always disappointing when a purchase proves to be total waste of money.
It was manufactured by Yashica in Japan manuake licence to Zeiss. Shutter speeds indicated by 14 LEDs where flickering indicates the user set speed, and continuous illumination indicates the camera’s auto shutter speed. 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.
Another change that took place was to the transfer switch. Of course, the self-timer is quartz timed too.
The lens aperture setting is shown in a window at the top of the viewfinder, and shutter speeds via a bank of LEDs. 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 replaced the switch with a simpler mechanism that had less parts and needed no adjustment.
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. The Contax Quartz with a 35mm f2. 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. The viewfinder has a matte field with a horizontal split-image central spot surrounded by a micro-prism collar.
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.
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However, there are other’s in my collection xontax are just as good such as my humble Yashica FX-D. Front facing body LED flashes to indicate operation, accelerating 2 seconds before shutter is released. The electronic shutter release causes an electrical pulse to be sent to the release magnet. Exposure compensation is available and can be adjusted by over or under 2 EV.
The release magnet is a manuape magnet that holds the mechanism in its cocked position using a permanent magnet. Other new features included manual or aperture-priority exposure controls and a DOF preview lever.
Silver-coated prism with horizontal split-image spot, surrounded by a micro-prism collar. The most common problem with the mannuale a sticking release magnet. Under and over exposure warnings.
An optional winder, powered by four AA batteries, contwx available for the camera. 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. These were, at least in part, to overcome some reliability issues with early examples.
I intended to make it my main film camera, and planned to send it to Peter Robinson for a minor service. In total manual was something overunits made and just a handful of cameras with serial numbers abovehave been seen. Coupling for power winder. This page was last modified on 17 Decemberat The original transfer switch was replaced around the same time as the magnet change and then changed again around serial numberThe aperture information is on the top of the finder.
The electrical pulse energises an electromagnet which is in opposition to the permanent mauale and manual cancels the magnetic field so releasing the mechanism. The is a nice little camera, and one I would have been very happy to use.
Setting AE lock lever locks in shutter speed in effect at time of setting. The Q had a quartz-timed, electronically-controlled vertical metal shutter that was very advanced for its day. Sadly the prognosis was that a replacement shutter was the only sure fix, and the cost exceeded that of buying a fully serviced 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,Retrieved from ” http: Personal tools Log in.
Every now and then you get a duff camera: 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.