Contax RX

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I have owned the RX for two years and have no complaints...AT ALL! Having also owned Nikon's and Minolta's, this was a huge upgrade in quality, especially the lenses (which was my #1 reason for buying the camera in the first place).

I do like the programmable functions, the meter is always "spot on" and the rugged build. It is heavy, but with bigger lenses (CZ 300mm f/4) and a tripod, it works beautifully.

I do take better pictures now. I don't know if that is the learning curve, but I don't think this camera has hurt me one bit.
 

dirk

CI-Founder
Hi John,

I did neither had any exposure problems with my RX. But you have to be aware that almost every Contax model has a different metering area in spot and CW-metering.

Since the RTS II has no spot metering at all, it is definitely different for the weighting then the RX, which offers you for difficult situations also the spot meter.

This is also why you should test the camera model with your preferred film/slide-film before important shootings.

The RTS III for ex&le is even more underexposing in CW-mode then the RX. It has alo a different spotmeter (very tight) compared to the RX. So I rate a Fuji Velvia with my RTS III always on 40 Asa, with the RX just normal DX.

dirk
 
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I'm considering a used RX. Does anyone know in what year the RX came out? Are there any particular items I should pay special attention to in looking at used bodies?
 

dirk

CI-Founder
Hi Lyn,

the RX came out in 1994. I am not aware of any first roll out problems of the RX.

For specifications of different Contax models, please look in the Overview Sheets-folder in this Forum. There you will find excel sheets with all data. These sheets are not yet 100% finished and have still to be doublechecked, but it is aleady a first starting point for comparisons.

dirk
 

dirk

CI-Founder
Hi guys,

the Contax Rx will be discontinued soon.

Since not all of you have e-mail notification for the "hot news about Contax/Zeiss" folder turned on, I put it here additionally.

More details in the news folder in this forum

dirk
 
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This is an original post of John Walton on May 29.:

Has anyone found that the RX tends to underexpose?

I've read that Contax's metering is generally calibrated to slightly underexpose in order to give slide film more "punch". I've got so fed up with getting dark slides that I've recently re-set the film speed to 320 when using Provia400 and this seems to work.

I also use an RTSII (gorgeous camera) but as I only use this for b&w I don't notice the same problem (and anyway I tend to expose for the shadows etc for b&w).

Generally I had tended to rely on the RX's centre weighted meter and not think too hard about exposure when using slides, simply because it was too confusing when carrying one camera loaded with (b&w) neg film (where I do give exposure a great deal of thought) and another camera loaded with "positive" film.

Anyone else noticed the same trait, and does the calibration of the centre weighted meter vary from one model to the other?

Many thanks

John

p.s. I've got another question on RX metering with flash but I'll save that for another thread.
 
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i have a contax rx and i'd like to use it with my speedotron strobe system. however, i don't want to fry the electronics in the rx by overloading the sync terminal with too high a voltage. does anyone know what the sync terminal is rated for in terms of voltage?
 
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>the Contax Rx will be discontinued soon.

I find it rather odd that this is only on Kyocera's Japanese site and not on the English one.

Still I do not doubt you.

...DN
 
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... I checked it with Contax in Hamburg, when the news started. They confirmed it. But it is always like that. I can not remember, that Contax officially announced the end of the AX, ST, S2 or 167MT. Leica does not do it neither by the way...
 
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Hello,

AX? Is the AX gone too? So only the Aria and RTS III in the MM mount?

I knew the ST was probably gone just because nobody carries it any more... Even though Contax USA website still lists it... But since AX is both on their site, and widely available, I figured that it was still around...

...DN
 
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I justed posted a page on the Popphoto forum which might be of interest to Contax RX owners. It has to do with the unique feature of the Depth-of-Field controll provided by the RX --- and here is an explanation and guide to use it which is not provided in the Contax manual.
Title: Secrets of the Contax RX;
Please, Log in or Register to view URLs content!

Harry -hwinter@msmisp.com
 
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Basically it looks like Kyocera is getting rid of the manual focus line except for the Aria. I guess it will focus only on the AF line and the G series. Does this seem correct?

I have the RX and the N1 and am thinking of getting rid of the N1. If I go digital, it won't be with Contax until the proposed digital T3 looks really great.

I like the N 24-85 but like the handling of the RX a lot better and I can use my Scheider 28 PC lens with it.
 
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Anyone had film-advance problems with the RX? I've had my RX for 5 yrs. and it's suddenly struggling to rewind and advance film. When I depress the shutter with no film in the camera, but with the back open, I see the roller working. But with film in the camera, I can't get past the third exposure. Just wasted about 10 exposures of expensive ISO 25 ortho film. Alternative explanation is there's something wrong with the two rolls of ortho film I loaded. Seems unlikely.

Thanks in advance for any help. Jeremy
 

dirk

CI-Founder
FYI

At Photokina there will be a Contax RX replacement presented. The new RX will be available most likely in November in the shops.

Good news, although I am surprised myself..

Dirk
 
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Are there any indications about what changes will be made to the RX? Will it simply be an upgrade to the electronics or are more substantial changes expected. I, for one, would like to see a weight and size reduction without any changes to the current feature set.
 
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Jeremy,

I got the same problem as you months ago when I got RX in a 2nd handed shop. Should go to repair centre and the Contax specialist will know how to fix it.

Ed
 

dirk

CI-Founder
FYI

I scanned the RX broshure and uploaded it in the Scan/Download section on this site. I hope that is helping some of you who are in a buying decision, especially now at the photokina.

Enjoy it

Dirk
 
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I've read in this and other disscussion forums that the RX is one of the best d&ed, quietest 35MM SLRs around, and has minimal shutter vibration. One person said they didn't have any problem even at 1/30th second. I have an Aria and RX and (for my purposes)the major reason I might possibly add an RTS III is the mirror lock up. The RX does indeed possess a quiet shutter. I haven't yet got around to shooting test pictures. The RX would be used for outdoor work (landscapes, running water, etc). Does anyone have any experience with the RX at 1/30 to 2 second exposures or have any thoughts on whether I might be able to get away without a mirror lock up? Thanks.
 
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I have had 2 RXs - the first underexposed slightly, the second by about 1 f stop. A good idea to do some testing and change the film speed to get an exposure you like. My RTSIII does not underexpose at all - very different metering than either of my RX bodies.
 
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All camera meters use different systems to meter, you can certainly adjust the exposure compensation dial if you are getting consistent under exposure. Remember, if you are pointing your camera at anything other than 18% gray, it is not going to be absolutely right on. For perfect exposures, without bracketing, use an incident meter, or the Contax G2 which meters an 18% gray off the shutter curtain, and the only camera meter I have ever encountered that matches an incident meter tack on about 95% of the time. Also, the RX has the best d&ened shutter of any SLR, I shoot the thing down to an 1/8 or 1/4 second at times to keep shooting provia 100, which I rate at asa 80, rather than switch to a faster film. I read in one post here that the RX is being dropped, too bad, for my money, it is the best SLR ever produced.
 
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