Contax RTS II 35mm SLRs

Contax RTS II 35mm SLRs 

DESCRIPTION

The Contax RTS II was officially debuted in 1982. Rather than billing it as an upgrade, many observers would branded it as an all new system camera. It has incorporating numerous internal design and function changes from the original RTS model, provides even more accuracy, even greater precision, even further integration for the overall "Contax Real Time Photographic System" as they called it.

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[Feb 15, 2015]
John Beyers
Intermediate

Strength:

Well-made manual focus SLR. Top notch Carl Zeiss optics. Well-optioned camera for the time (1980s).

Weakness:

Kyocera (manufacturer) no longer makes (or supports) Contax cameras. All repairs must be handled by 3rd parties.

I fell in love with the RTS II in 1991. It was during the launch of the RTS III. As I could not afford to spend $3000+ on a brand new Contax RTS III, I decided to purchase a used Contax RTS II with 50mm/1.4 Carl Zeiss lens for $350. It was worth every penny. At the time options like mirror lock and depth of field preview were rare. But these could be found on the RTS II. Although I owned a power winder, it just didn't feel right attaching one to such a gorgeous camera. If you need an integrated power winder, you may want to look at the 167 MT or RTS III. The top shutter speed is 1/2000, which is fine for most applications. One can currently find an RTS II in very good condition for $250-300. Contax RTS IIIs can be purchased for $400+. Zeiss lenses can be very expensive but are worth it. The Carl Zeiss 1.7/50mm is a very nice and fast lens, which will cost about $200-250. The faster f1.4/50 is even nicer so expect to pay more. Yashica ML and MM lenses are also very good quality, but stay away from YUS or DSB lenses.

Similar Products Used:

167MT, 139 Quartz.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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4
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