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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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. Every now and then you get a duff camera: There were a few modifications made to the camera during the period it was manufactured.

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.

The aperture information is on the top of the finder. However, there are other’s in my collection that are just as good such as my humble Yashica FX-D.

In later models, the magnet and associated mechanism were improved which largely eliminated the problem. Details of the full differences can be found here. 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.


And so my Contax quartz was consigned to the scrap heap.

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Via crank and release button. Over time, the face of the magnet becomes fouled and the 319 becomes stuck to it so fails to move away when the magnetic field is turned off. Privacy policy About Camera-wiki. The Contax Quartz is a 35mm SLR that was introduced in and manufactured up until with something overbeing built in that time.

This page has been accessed 11, times. Full exposure information visible in the viewfinder with individual shutter speeds on the right lit by LED. 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. LED flash indictor, with after flash subject within range indicator.

In total there was something overunits made and just a handful of cameras with serial numbers abovehave been seen. The is a nice little camera, and one I would have been very happy to use. The original transfer switch was replaced around the same time as the magnet change and then changed again around serial numberThere is no known serial number data for the but available information shows the magnet problem was corrected in cameras with serial numbers above, approximately,Under and over exposure warnings.

The electronic shutter manuuale causes an electrical pulse to be sent to the release magnet. The Contax Quartz with a 35mm f2.

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It was manufactured by Yashica in Japan under licence to Zeiss. Another change replaced the switch with a simpler mechanism that had less parts and needed no adjustment. 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.


These were, at least in part, to overcome some reliability issues with early examples.

The most common problem with the is a sticking 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 It is powered by two SR44 batteries.

Views Read View source View history. Of course, the self-timer is quartz timed too.

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An optional winder, powered by four AA batteries, was available for the camera. These are the ones that got away.

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Automatic count-up and reset. The Q had a quartz-timed, electronically-controlled vertical metal shutter that was very advanced for its day. Quartz-timed electronically controlled vertical travel type metal focal plane shutter.

The first thing I noticed, when the camera arrived, was that the mirror hung. Coupling for power winder. Retrieved from ” http: Another change that took place was to the transfer switch.