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1. From : David Stucker (
Url : http://nope
Date : 06:40 AM Tuesday 22 January, 2002

I've had my RTS II Quartz since 1987. I haven't regretted that I chose it over a Nikon F3...but.. after 14 reliable years, I finally have a problem that 2 camera repair "Contax specialists" can't fix.

The mirror gets out of wack and hits the back of the lens on the return. I've been told it's the mirror "mechanism" that needs replaced and no one can locate a replacement part.

Can anyone out there help?

2. From : Jason (
Url : http://no
Date : 06:35 PM Monday 14 January, 2002

How to differeciate an older PMD Motor Drive from a newer type ? I have been offered an unit here in Hong Kong but I cannot differenciate and neither can Contax reply me with a firm answer (Well, I am not sure if I can trust this shop assistant who claims there is only one type of PMD drive and this site here mentioned there may be earlier version existed). I am traveling right now, please use this board to answer, many thanks.

3. From : Tim (
Url : http://not yet
Date : 02:02 PM Monday 14 January, 2002

WOW... what can I say ? I have been owning this RTS II since 1986 and I have noticed good resources on Contax are really scarce on the Net. This website truly brings justice to one of the best 35mm SLR camera on the market. Although I would wish to see more Zeiss resources and the newer RTS III being featured but I know you were handicapped by some other reasons. Anyway, this website, along with the few others available on the Net are the flag-carrier for Contax SLRs - MORE POWER to Contax !!!

4. From : Co-MB Maintainer (
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Date : 12:44 PM Saturday 12 January, 2002

Thanks to Mr. G. Sanchez, Mexico and Mr Victor Nelson, UK for reminding a couple of broken links and missing images found in this preview site, they have been fixed. Please reload pages to see changes. Once again, thank you very much and have a good day. -leofoo-

5. From : Nicklaus VT (
Url : http://
Date : 11:59 AM Saturday 12 January, 2002

Can the early version of the RTS's databack still be used ? I have heard the Canon's Databack has "expired" where the dials cannot be used for Y2K and beyond. I have been offered a used unit and curious to find out the fact before I commit. Thanks. Nick, FL. p.s. By the way, this site is simpy MARVELOUS and I am truly happy to find it !

6. From : Rockie (
Url : http://
Date : 12:31 AM Tuesday 08 January, 2002

Can anyone post the technical specification for Contax TLA 20 here ?

7. From : Jimmy Rhyne (
Url : http://
Date : 05:56 PM Sunday 30 December, 2001

I have decided to get a used Contax RTS and wanted to know about the flash. Is the TLA-20 or TLA-30 best for on camera flash system? What is the primary difference in using the TLA-20 aqnd TLA-30 with the original RTS? Cannot wait to get the system.

8. From : Robert Reis (
Url : http://
Date : 08:22 PM Sunday 16 December, 2001

1. Help! I just acquired a TLA 30 flash to use with RTS II and 137 MD. Manual confuses me: When used in TTL mode do you have to set the film speed on the camera and on the flashgun?

2. RTS II problems areas. Check out a roll shooting in bright light sometimes against the sun. Titanium shutter curtain might get pinhole that will be revealed as white spot on prints. If you already own it, send it to Phung. (See previous post.)

3. Value. A good body goes for 3-400, an excellent Planar 1.4 goes for 125 -175. 4. It is great machine.

Cheers, Bob

9. From : cheZ (
Url : http://
Date : 09:18 PM Sunday 09 December, 2001

hi all-perhaps someone can help me. i need a photo of a Contax Interval Timer (it plugs into the 3 small holes on the back the Real Time Winder for RTS /RTS II ). If anyone can help me-please email me a .jpg image(high resolution,high quality if possible) at my email address. possible someone can scan it in from a manual and send it out to me as soon as possible-i havent been able to find an image of this Contex Interval Timer anywhere. thanks -any help very appreciated !!

10. From : Andres Domingo Escudero (
Url : http:\
Date : 06:55 PM Wednesday 05 December, 2001

Hello! I am looking for a manual for a Contax RTS-III in spanish. Can anyone help me locate one? Or where do I find one? Thanks Reply to

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