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Contax RTS II - Technical Specifications

 

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Specifications

Type: 35 mm single-lens reflex featuring Auto/Manual exposure modes and Quartz-timed operation.
Image Size: 24 x 36 mm
Lens Mount: Contax/Yashica 3-claws bayonet mount.
Standard Lens: Carl Zeiss Planar T
* 50 mm f/1.4, Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50 mm f/1.7

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Shutter: Quartz-timed, electronically operated horizontal travel Titanium focal plane shutter.
Shutter Speeds: 1/2000 sec. to 16 sec. in Auto mode; 16 settings in 1/2000 sec. to 4 sec. in Manual mode, with "B" and "X" (1/60 sec.).
Note: Mechanical shutter operation possible at 1/50 sec. and 'B' without battery power.

Flash Synchronization: X-synch at 1/60sec. (or slower) via direct hotshoe or X-sync terminal. Flash bulb workable with slower speed (1/30 sec and below).

Synch Shutter Speeds

Shutter Speeds

1/2000

1/1000

1/500

1/250

1/125

1/60

1/30

1/15

1/8

1/4

1/2

1

2

4

X(1/60)

B

Electronic Flash

 

 

 

 

 

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

Flash bulb

FP

 

 

 

 

 

 

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

MF

 

 

 

 

 

 

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

Self-Timer: Quartz-timed electronic self-timer with 10-sec. delay, cancelable or resettable during operation. LED flashes during operation, accelerating 2 sec. before shutter release.
Shutter Release: Real Time Electromagnetic Release System (with auxiliary remote release off-camera control options via Release Socket).
Exposure Control: Through-the-lens (TTL) center weighted metering at full aperture via Silicon Photo Diode (SPD) cell. Aperture-priority AE mode in EV range
-1 (f/1.4 at 4 sec.) to 19 (V16 at 1/2000 sec.) at ASA 100, f1.4 lens. Manual exposure control also provided.
ASA Range: ASA/ISO 12-3200 .
TLA Auto Flash Control: With Contax TLA system, separate SPD cell reads flash exposure directly at film plane; 'Fail-Safe' control of flash/shutter synchronization (Synch speed: Shutter speed automatically set to 1/60 sec. upon completion of recycling). X-synch terminal for all non-TLA electronic flash units.
Exposure Check Button: Pressing button activates LED display for 16 sec.
Exposure Compensation
: + 2 EV - 2 EV with click-stops every 0.5 EV(can be set for in between-click stops).
AE Lock: Activated by lever, locks in EV setting.
Viewfinder: Eyelevel, pentaprism type showing 97% of picture area at 0.87X magnification. Lever operated eyepiece shutter to block out extraneous light during remote control.
Focusing Screens: Microprism focusing screen comes as standard equipment. Seven other interchangeable type screens are available.
Viewfinder Display: Aperture display, exposure compensation display (LED digital displayŚred), shutter speed display, over- or underexposure display (alpha numerical LED arrayŚred), TLA flash unit flash ready/after-flash signal mark (LED displayŚgreen).
Film Advance: With full stroke of 120 degree setting angle and 20 degree standoff position; or film feed indicator, and automatic winding capability when used with motor drive or winder system.
Film Rewind: Film rewind crank-handle with clutch action, and film rewind release button with automatic resetting.
Exposure Counter: Automatic resetting type. Until counter registers "1", camera will automatically set at shutter speed of 1/60 sec. regardless of the setting adjustment on the shutter control dial (
except "B" setting).
Multiple Exposures: Possible by depressing film rewind release button.
Accessory Shoe: Direct X-sync hotshoe with dedicated Contax TLA capability or other non-Contax flash for auto and manual flash operation.
Camera Back: Interchangeable with optional Databack type, Provided with memo holder.
Depth-of-Field Preview: Button operated (Also doubles as mechanical 1/50sec. shutter release button).
Mirror Lock: Lever operated.
Power Source: 6.2 V silver-oxide battery (4SR44) (Eveready 544, Ucar 544, Mallory PX28 or equivalent) or 6V alkaline-manganese battery (4LR44). Power on with a main switch.
Battery Check: . Low power level indicated by steady or pulsating light pattern of viewfinder LED data display.
Other Features: Provided with couplings for motor drive and winder, and with LED for Data Back application.
Size: 142 x 89.5 x 50 mm (5-9/16 x 3-1/2 x 2 in)
Weight: 735 grams (w/o battery) (25.93 oz)

Basic Instruction Manuals: 6 Parts
Beyond the User's Manual, some relating topics: 6 Parts

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Credit: MClau, joint maintainer of the Contax RTS MB. Some of the content are extracts from: Cees De Groot, who maintains a Contax FAQ site and Tim Roger website on Contax SLR cameras, A few of the images on Zeiss lenses were downloaded from Contax US website. My buddy, Yeak ć & Rizal Yahya, for their cool programming with Contax RTS's Message Board, Note:certain contents and images appeared in this site were either scanned from official marketing leaflets, brochures, sales manuals or publications published by Kyocera over the years and/or contributions from surfers who claimed originality of their own work solely for educational purposes. The creator of the site will not be responsible for any discrepancies that may arise from such possible disputes except rectifying them after verification."Kyocera", "Yashica", "Contax" & "Carl Zeiss T*" are registered trade names of Kyocera Corporation Inc., Japan. A site made with an Apple IMac, dedicated to all fans of Contax cameras and Zeiss Optics.