Contax T

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The Contax T camera line consists of a number of compact cameras sold by Kyocera under the Contax brand. They were introduced between 1984 and 2002. The T, T2, and T3 use 35mm film and have a fixed 35 mm wide-angle lens. The T-VS, T-VS II, and T-VS III also use 35 mm film but have a 28–56 mm lens. The Tix uses APS film and has a fixed 28 mm wide-angle lens. The TVS Digital is a 5 MP digital camera with a 35–105 mm (equivalent) lens.

In 2005, Kyocera sold its camera business to Cosina and announced it would cease all activity related to the manufacture of Contax cameras at the end of the year.[1]

Contax T-series cameras[edit]

A 35 mm film, compact rangefinder camera with a titanium body and Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 38 mm f/2.8 wide-angle lens.

  • Contax T – with 5-element Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 38 mm manual focus lens[2] (made by Yashica, which was owned by Kyocera, in partnership with Carl Zeiss).[2] Introduced in 1984. Includes a dedicated separate clip-on auto flash (A14).[2]
  • Contax T2 – with a retracting 5-element Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 38 mm active autofocus and manual focus lens, made in silver titanium, in black and gold plated finish;[3][4] 1/500 s max shutter speed.[5] Introduced in 1991. Includes a built-in auto flash.
  • Contax T3 – smaller than the T2 and with recomputed 6-element (sharper) Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35 mm passive autofocus and manual focus lens; 1/1200 s max shutter speed; autofocus lock.[5][6] Includes a built-in auto flash.

Contax TVS-series cameras[edit]

A 35 mm film, compact rangefinder camera with a titanium body. TVS stands for T* Vario-Sonnar for its Carl Zeiss T* Vario-Sonnar lens.

  • Contax T-VS – 28–56 mm lens with variable stops f/3.5–f/6.5; passive phase detection autofocus[7]
  • Contax T-VS II – 28–56 mm lens with variable stops f/3.5–f/6.5[8]
  • Contax T-VS III – lens has 5 variable stops (30 mm, 37.5 mm, 45 mm, 52.5 mm and 60 mm) f/3.7–f/6.7; has a Contax T-style front door cover[9]

Contax Tix camera[edit]

  • Contax Tix – an APS film camera with a Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 28 mm f/2.8 autofocus lens. Introduced in 1997

Contax TVS Digital[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Olympus XA – another small rangefinder 35 mm film camera

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contax-Branded Camera Business" (Press release). Kyocera Global. April 12, 2005. Archived from the original on April 13, 2005. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Jason Schneider (June 1991). "The Camera Collector". Popular Photography. p. 37. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Dan Richards (July 1991). "Point and Shoot Follies". Popular Photography. pp. 18–19. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "Autofocus 35mm Compact: Contaxt T2". Popular Photography. December 1991. p. 91. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Film Point & Shoot". American Photo. July – August 2001. pp. 56–57. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "Contax T 3 Specs". CNET. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  7. ^ Dan Richards (March 1994). "Point and Shoot Follies". Popular Photography. pp. 14–15. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  8. ^ "Point and Shoot 35mm". Popular Photography. December 1999. p. 143. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  9. ^ "Contax Tvs III Specs". CNET. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "Contax TVS Digital: Digital Photography Review". Digital Photography Review. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  11. ^ "Contax TVS Digital". The Times. June 3, 2003. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved November 17, 2018 – via www.thetimes.co.uk.
  12. ^ "New Medium". American Photo. January – February 2003. p. 37. Retrieved November 17, 2018.

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