Contax T3

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Thank you Niki-Tuan for the simple method of finishing a partially exposed roll. It's important to remember that a covered lens can't slow down the shutter speed (as in TTL metering) and make LT exposures!!

I have just acquired the filter adapter. It did not come with directions, obviously because mounting it is self-evident. Well almost. I aligned the white dots and gently applied pressure left and right but it does not snap in place, it just falls off the camera. I don't want to break the little tabs. Tips, please?
Thanks,
Jan
 
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Jan,

Just align the white dots and gently turn the Adapter clockwise. It will stop with a detente at at about 1 o'clock. Remember when you screw a filter on top of the Adapter that you don't turn it too tight. Removing a filter from the Adapter can be difficult due to the small surface area.

I've shot B&W films - Ilford HP5 and XP2 Super - with B+W yellow and orange filters. Woohoo... This ain't your typical P-n-S. Awesome contrast and clarity!!!
 
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Niki-Tuan,

I have to thank you as well! :)
What do you cover the lens with? What about black adhesive tape, or will it get in contact with the glass?

(I presently do not own a T3 to try it on my own, but this idiot "feature" makes it a lot more usefull to me!)
 
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Hey Till,

The T3 comes with a factory leather case that has a big flap cover. The inside lining is a soft, fleece-like fabric. I use this flap to cover the lens... or any soft, light-proof fabric. I wouldn't use anything that is hard or can leave a residue.

If you already have an filter adapter with a filter, you can always buy a cheap 30.5mm screw-in type lens cover from B&H Photo.

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By Till

Niki-Tuan,

I have to thank you as well! :)
What do you cover the lens with? What about black adhesive tape, or will it get in contact with the glass?

(I presently do not own a T3 to try it on my own, but this idiot "feature" makes it a lot more usefull to me!)
 
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Niki,

thank you very much.
This seems to be a solution so that I can exchange rolls between my G2 and a Contax T!

Silly, that I did not hit on that on my own.
 
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Niki-Tuan,
OK I've got it now. I'll be careful to not screw the filter on too tight. YAY! to yellow and orange filters. With filter and lens cap the T3 looks and feels so much less vulnerable. thanks,
Jan
 
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I have a new T3, its cool.

One question. How is the normal sound of the electric motor getting out the lens. On my camera it is a lite bit strange.

CU
 
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I've read and reread my manual, but human frailty seems to prevent me from completely understanding. Normally, when you half depress the shutter, does this lock in both the autofocus and the exposure? I'm hoping this is the case because that's how I've been shooting.

James Miller
 
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CU,
My T3 makes sort of a warbling whir as the lens extends. I asked a Contax rep in San Francisco about it and he whipped out his demo and the sound was identical. I, of course, have not taken my T3 apart, but I suspect that there is a helically-cut gear that makes the odd sound. Good news is it's probably very durable.
 
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Don't know if the lens itself travels on a helical gear, but if you open the camera back and turn the camera ON and OFF alternately, you can see the "helical-cut" barrel. Turn the camera upside down while switching it ON and OFF, you can see a gear turning.

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By Charles Fralick:
"My T3 makes sort of a warbling whir as the lens extends. I asked a Contax rep in San Francisco about it and he whipped out his demo and the sound was identical. I, of course, have not taken my T3 apart, but I suspect that there is a helically-cut gear that makes the odd sound. Good news is it's probably very durable."
 
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Right you are Niki! So, there is a pinion gear driving a helical thread on the barrel. You have opened up (pun intended) a new perspective on my T3!
 
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I am going to shoot some B/W slide film on the T3. I am going to use an orange and a yellow filter (not together..). Do I have to compensate for the filter factor or does the camera do this automatically? I suspect that I will have to compensate for this. If this is the case how do I do this and how much should I compensate?

Thank you very much for any help with this.

Greg Clements
 
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Greg,

Yes, you'll have to use exposure compensation for the filters, because the T3 doesn't use TTL metering. Also, there's a custom setting (I don't recall which one) that will hold the compensation setting as long as you keep the camera powered up. Much easier than setting it before every shot.

Compensation factors are filter-specific, and there are different reds, oranges and yellows, so you'll have to look them up according to the manufacturer's specifications. Because varying subjects respond to color filters differently, as do different films, bracketing is always a good idea.

--Rick
 
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Greg,

Look on page 47 for a list of Custom Functions. I believe CF #3, when set on "C", will hold the Exposure Compensation till the user cancels or overrides it.

I shot a roll of Ilford HP5 400 B&W with B+W yellow and orange filters. The both came with a note indicating how much compensation to dial in.

Niki
 
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I would like mount my T3 on my Arca-Swiss B1 Ballhead with quick-release. (I know it seems to defeat the purpose of the camera, but sometimes it is necessary to use a tripod). Is there any kind of Quick Release plate that I can get to do this?

Mike
 
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Reallyrightstuff specializes in Arca-Swiss mounting plates, manufacturing dozens of different ones. They may have something that will fit the T3.

--Rick
 
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I know it is like beatin a dead horse but before I invest in this thing, I want to know. I've got a Leica M6 but tire of having to take it everywhere. When I go out with my friends or just happen to be walking around the city, I want something more portable. Read a lot of good (and bad) things about the T3. To be honest, I don't care too much if the `viewfinder' leads me astray on where the camera is focusing, but are there many of you who have bought this camera, taken it out, used AF and had all your pics come bak like duds? I have to agree with a previous poster, if I am gonna shell out the money, I don't want to have to send the thing back three times, or always be recomposing because the camera can't hack it. Sorry just a little confused on the issue. To be fair, when someone gets a good model, they are less likely to seek out people to share their experiences. Before I bought my Leica, I read horror stories about misaligned viewfinders. Haven't had a problem with mine. Thanks in advance.
 
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Bradford,

I can certainly understand you concern about wanting to ensure you spend your money wisely. I bought a T3, while not as much an enthusiast as many on this list I do want nice clear photos. I may not take as much time to set up a shot and therefor would expect to get some that are not as up to par as others, maybe not as well focused (I have a habit of shooting fast). Well that is not the case, I have had great luck with the T3 and highly recommend it to any that can afford it.

Good luck in your decision.

Joel Stern
 
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I've had a Contax T3 for almost a year. I carry it with me all the time, and use it for candids. I use the auto focus and aperture priority at f/8 99% of the time. I get maybe one bad frame in 5 rolls of film (focus/exp. problem). I've used a variety of equipment, haven't seen a better success rate with anything else. I don't use the flash much, except for fill though - you have to be careful with the flash, it doesn't have much range. Also it has a problem with infinity focus, can't focus on things like sea, sunset etc.

Shekhar >
 
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