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Contax IIa:  A New Old Friend | by 12th St David
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Contax IIa: A New Old Friend

My grandfather had a Contax IIa in the 50's, but he eventually traded it in, something he's always telling me he ended up regretting. So, as a dutiful grandson, what else could I do but find another one?


This one didn't cost too much, and it seems to work, more or less (slow shutter speeds are, well, slow). It needs a good cleaning (you can't really tell how dusty the lens is from this shot), and it doesn't have the fancy f1.5 lens (just the workhorse f2 Sonnar). I'm confused about what "Carl Zeiss Jena" means -- this is obviously a post-war model, it even says Stuttgart on the top. Could it be a pre-war Jena lens on a post-war body? I had thought that the post-war, West German Zeiss lenses were called "Opton." But I'm no expert.


Anyway, I've got a roll of Arista.EDU B&W film in there, and I'm having a lot of fun with this...


UPDATE: featured here

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Taken on June 1, 2011