TRILEMMA | Thursday, October 12, 2023

8:09 PM

#TRILEMMA: actual conversation with @vtwingrin began as follows, “I only want to have two cameras in London but there’s six cameras I want to take”. And the result is that I’m taking the holy trinity of three cameras I originally packed anyway 🙄 - the T2, G2 and Q2. There appears to be some kind of naming scheme that has tapped into my gear acquisition syndrome. (Does anyone know of any others that might fit) #camerabag #contax #leica #contaxt2 #contaxg2 #leicaq2

CONTAXG2 | Monday, August 14, 2023

11:06 PM

#CONTAXG2: my favourite camera back in action, having fixed the unreliable shutter release and focus, it now works as smoothly as it did when I bought it. It’s like being reunited with an old friend. #contax #vintagecamera #rangefinder #kyocera #zeiss

Contax G Goldpfeil Bag (For Sale?)

This bag is a real gem, I can’t believe I’m still using it after decades. It’s very functional, with four pockets/spaces for pens, cameras, paper and I can actually fit a 13-inch Macbook Pro in too, as well as the Contax G and three lenses. Or a Leica M, or Q2, etc. Beautifully made, lovely soft leather. Sadly, Goldpfeil bit the dust some years ago and is now just a name brand stuck onto some leather goods not made in Germany and not related to the original. I loved my bag so much that I actually bought a second bag and it’s sat here all this time, I’ve never even taken the padding material out.

The new bag next to my daily driver

I suppose that someone else should own it. If you’re an actual Contax lover and bag lover and want to buy it, get in touch.

Looking inthe strap has never been attached to its hooks.

Contax Carl Zeiss G 45mm

Papadum the Chihuahua makes a subject during a manual focus test of the lens wide open.

CONTAX167MT | Thursday, October 27, 2022

1:38 PM

#CONTAX167MT: another camera restored to active duty using the simple tools of a penknife and a glass fibre pencil. I dumped a stack of films into @khrome_hamburg and they have a beautiful collection of film cameras which inspired me to get my rest and gear and either make this work or give up. Small, light, simple and all worth it to experience the beauty of Carl Zeiss lenses. #contax #yashica #carlzeiss #japan #filmphotography #analoguephotography #analogphotography #slr #167mt

REPAIR | Monday, June 22, 2020

10:28 AM

#REPAIR: finally, I’ve found the spare parts I need to repair my original #ContaxG2 that I’ve had for twenty years. And then the backup body - which is much nicer, but has no sentimental value, will be up for sale… #contax #g2 #rangefinder

FIRSTSUNONTHERUN | Thursday, December 12, 2019

1:57 PM

#FIRSTSUNONTHERUN: the joy of taking the first ski lift to christen the slopes. Before the advent of digital cameras and smartphones. #contax #contaxg2 #ski #valdisere

Contax | Tuesday, January 1, 2019

8:52 PM

If you are buying #Contax gear, be aware that nearly all the cases and straps are terrible, the edgings go very sticky, break down and end up on your kit. You may ne able to help by using isopropyl alcohol before things go bad, but this stuff is already pretty old. Leather. Stick with #leather. #cameras #buyersguide #vintagecamera

ContaxG2 | Tuesday, January 1, 2019

7:17 PM

#ContaxG2 spare body and lens mount/focus motor mechanism. If anyone has other spares, let me know, I’m building up my stock! #contax #camera #spares #spareparts #repair

contax | Thursday, December 27, 2018

11:40 PM

I use my old Contax T2 for crappy snapshots to put in the family album, because those are the shots that should be there, but the dial has been dodgy for years. I figured I would pick up a spare one for parts, like I do with all my old cameras, especially Contaxes because the electronics fail. So this £50 camera has turned into a frickin’ £700 camera overnight and I have NO IDEA WHY. The same thing happened to my G2 but luckily I’d picked up spares and parts by then. The guy in Aperture doesn’t understand either. If they break, good luck fixing them. They’re dead without parts. I bought this almost twenty years ago and it was pretty worthless, but a steal. Anyway, it’s a lovely camera and staggeringly simple to use, if anyone wants to borrow it to try out, let me know! #contax #contaxt2 #filmphotography #compactcamera #t2 #film