Image by () In the early 1970s, production of cameras had ceased but the desire to build a high-quality system using lenses remained. In 1973 the Contax name was licensed to the Japanese maker to create a prestigious brand of cameras and interchangeable lenses in cooperation with the German company. By that time, Yashica was a production giant with considerable electronic camera experience, and was seeking ways to expand sales and improve brand name recognition in the highly competitive 35mm market. Thus began ‘Top Secret Project 130’, a collaboration with Carl Zeiss to produce a new, professional 35mm SLR with an electronically-controlled shutter, bearing the Contax brand name, along with a new line of premium quality lenses. Alexander Porsche Group was hired to complete an ergonomic and styling study of the new camera. The result was the all-new Contax RTS, which appeared at in 1974, and proved an immediate hit. The RTS featured an electronically-controlled, horizontal cloth with speeds of 1 - 1/2000 sec.
Accountants For Taxi Drivers Glasgow. Plus B, interchangeable focus screens, and the ability to accept a number of professional accessories including power winders, professional motor drives, and both infrared and radio-controlled remote releases. Before being replaced by the RTSII, an interesting variant of the RTS was produced in small quantities: the Contax RTS Fundus (also called Scientific/Medical; presumably for ). This was essentially an RTS with two additional features. Firstly, below the shutter speed dial on the front of the top-plate, a locking button was added that prevented the dial from being accidentally knocked from its X-sync (1/60) and Auto settings.
The second change was even more useful: the electronic shutter release of the RTS was very sensitive with a depression of less than 1mm to activate the shutter; but in a laboratory, for example, where the operator may be wearing gloves, accidental firing of a standard RTS was a problem. Contax solved this by modifying the top plate further and adding a 2mm guard ring around the shutter release button. Most - but not all - of the RTS Fundus cameras had 'Scientific/Medical' stencilled in white on the base plate. A very small number of these bodies also featured additional mirror-damping. Since the advent of the RTS, cameras were made by Yashica in Japan, with some lenses made by Carl Zeiss in Germany, some in Japan by Yashica (later ). The cameras were noteworthy for their advanced electronics. The Contax Zeiss T* lenses, in particular, soon gained a reputation for superb optical quality.
Since manual-focus Contax and Yashica manual-focus 35mm SLR cameras share the same bayonet lens mount, their lenses may be used interchangeably. The success of the RTS led to other Contax cameras (see ). In the Contax model range, the most professional and most expensive body would always have a name beginning with RTS. In 1982 the original RTS was replaced by the Contax RTS II.
In 1991 the RTS II was replaced by the Contax RTS III. Specifications RTS Introduction 1975 1982 1991 Shutter speed 4 to 1/2000 4 to 1/2000 4 to 1/8000 16 to 1/2000 32 to 1/8000 Flash sync 1/60 of a sec 1/250 of a sec Metering modes Center-weighted Spot Metering range -1 to 19 EV 0 to 21 EV 3 to 21 EV spot ISO 12 to 3200 6 to 6400 DX 25 to 5000 Finder 92% 0.87x 97% 0.87x 100% 0.74x Film Advance crank motor Battery 6x AAA or 2CR5 Dimensions 142x90x50mm 142x90x50mm 156x121x66mm Weight 700g 735g 1150g Links In English: • by Cees de Groot • Documents at: • In Spanish: • in the In French: • on by Sylvain Halgand.
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This auction is for a Contax RTS II Quartz 35mm SLR Film Camera Body Only Body Cap Instruction Manual This vintage film camera, is in much-loved and well-used condition. Both left and right top sides seem to have been taped with fabric. I have not dared to unpick it, as I am not sure whether it was done for grip or to. May 30, 2014. In the early 1970s, production of Zeiss Ikon cameras had ceased but the desire to build a high-quality system using Zeiss lenses remained. In 1973 the Contax name was licensed to the Japanese maker Yashica to create a prestigious brand of 35mm cameras and interchangeable lenses in cooperation.