Contax RTS mirror trouble

lorenzodalsanto

New Member
Hi,two weeks ago i bought a Contax RTS,when it arrived i noticed that the mirror is locked up.The "mirror lock" lever is in the correct position (vertical).
Obviously i can't see trough the finder and i can't shoot.
Can you help me please?

I noticed also that when i mount a lens it works "stop down"
 

biggles3

CI-Supporter
I'm afraid that sounds pretty terminal unless you can still wind on. Sometimes an old RTS (or similar camera) if stored over a long period can end up with the mirror stuck to the damper but that is easily dislodged. It sounds like your camera failed to complete a full cycle of the shutter. You may be able to shift it by removing the base plate and seeing if you can short the contact with the magnet - that can sometimes free up a part-cycled shutter. I'm pretty sure I've seen images of an RTS that's been opened at the base plate, showing you how to free a shutter/mirror; it should be worth Googling. Certainly the old Kyphoto camera repair site covered this and the archives have been added to one of the many user forums.

I'm sorry I didn't spot your message earlier as your obvious course of action would have been to get your money back from the seller as the camera is not fit for purpose.
 

dirk

CI-Founder
Hi,two weeks ago i bought a Contax RTS,when it arrived i noticed that the mirror is locked up.The "mirror lock" lever is in the correct position (vertical).
Obviously i can't see trough the finder and i can't shoot.
Can you help me please?

I noticed also that when i mount a lens it works "stop down"
So what did you do then?
 
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