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nickser

Well-Known Member
Hi Folks,

For a (pre)view of whats on offer, have a look at:

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Some will be happy, some will be sad.

Paul
 

dirk

CI-Founder
o.k., the official NDA is til tomorrow, but since it is already on the Contax site, we can post it also in the forum.

Contax will announce 2 digital P&S on the photokina. The Contax u4R and the Contax i4R.

Both have 4 MP, both have the second generation Rtune processor, which speeds the AF and the shooting range up compared to the SL300R.

The Contax u4R has a Zoom 5.8-17.4 which equals 38-115mm. Zeiss lens of course.

The Contax i4R has a fixed lens of 6.5, which is 39mm in analogue measures. The design of both is more stylish than the Contax SL300R.

We will have the Contax u4R as the limited edition which was originally intended with the Contax SL300R.

Please understand that we can not disclose any more information currently regarding any further Contax products which may or may not be in the pipeline.
 

coyot

Well-Known Member
> What a disappointment. Looks like Contax is avoiding developing new equipmenbt for the Pro or Advanced Ametuer Market..

Very disappointing.

Michael.
 

scheberies

Active Member
I think that there is more coming. The new point and shoots do not match the photo puzzle pieces which were shown on the website. Have to withold judgement until tomorrow.

Cheers
 
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djg

Cool - I will get one of the Contax Forum limited editions - I'm glad they waited for this model instead of the SL300R, which I would not have gone for. But I really hope Contax hasn't been reduced to an Expensive Novelty Camera brand in the digital age.

DJ
Still hoping ...
 
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djg

Mark,

The puzzle pieces are for Zeiss, not Contax, and the puzzle appears to be a Zeiss film rangefinder as far as anybody can guess so far.
 
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gfp1931

Hi Contaxians (those that are still here),
I too was disappointed with Photokina after the exciting build-up and expectation of a new DSLR.
I will get a u4R though, to stick in my vest pocket when out cycling, I almost purchased the SL300R, glad I hung on. Anyone know when this handy item will be available in the UK ?.
Regards,
Gordon.
 

nickser

Well-Known Member
Hi Dirk,

What news on the Contaxinfo Special Edition U4R? Is it available now? Will it be available? If so When and Where and How much? I'm not asking too many questions, am I?

Regards,

Paul
 

dirk

CI-Founder
Hi Paul,

because of the never-ending delays on Koyocera's part, we set Kyocera today a deadline til next Wednesday.

Either Kyocera is able to bring some information online on the Kyocera page on this limited edition, or we will cancel the whole limited edition.

We know that you all have been very pationed although there have been one delay after the other. And we thank you for this loyality. But if there are signs that this is continuing now also with this new model in the future, we will no longer be willing to accept this. So we will see very soon what will happen.

The general Contax U4r will be available in November. So there is still time. But what we do expect is at least a subpage on the Kyocera page, where the users can make pre-orders and have some information about the current status quo etc.

If Kyocera is not able to upload this within the next days, we do not feel confident that Kyocera is able to keep promises, which have been renewed again and again.

One thing is for sure, we refuse to overpromise and underdeliver. So in case the deadline is not met by Koycera, we prefer to have no limited edition at all instead of telling you to wait another week, or month or year.
 

kdemas

Well-Known Member
Dirk- Thanks for you efforts, we appreciate it. I sure do wish Kyocera would get a bit more (or just a bit) customer focused. Contax has such a loyal group of followers that it's a pity they do not open up a bit to let them continue their enthusiastic support.

Thanks again. Kent
 

dirk

CI-Founder
FYI

the subpage for the limited edition is now online. It will be update whenever we have new information about the progress:

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The first s&les of the normal (not limited edition) Contax U4R will arrive in Europe in November. They have then to make some tests with a few s&le to figure out where to put the Contaxinfo logo on. The space available for this on the Contax U4R is different then on the originally planned SL300R. So give Kyocera some time to check those technical issues.

As far as I know, there will be also a kind of pre-order subpage available soon, so that you can reserve a piece for you already for christmas. Remember it is limited to 300 pieces worldwide and it will be handled on a first come first serve basis as soon as the pre-order function is available.

But we will announce early enough, when the orders can be taken.

I do think that this is great news in these very calm and difficult Kyocera times of the restructuring. Let's hope that we hear soon more about new Contax products...
 
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djg

Cool! Thanks for the updates, Dirk. Even though I have my prospective Canon EOS 1Ds Mk II system all selected while the body gets released, I'm hoping deep down Contax comes up with something ...

DJ
 

gavin

Active Member
Just maybe the Contax U4R as a whole will be a limited addition. I've heard the camera has been released in Japan and HK. Since Contax said they were going to offer contaxinfo a special addition and they have not started selling it to us, Christmas just a week away, perhaps Contax is on it's last leg. I can't believe the management has run this once great company into the ground in just 2 short years! I have been patient and have sunk so much money into Contax as is was the best option for me 3 years ago. And now here I am, and they can't even get a P&S right. I can’t even begin to tell you just how sick I am : ( I suppose I have no choice but to go for the Sony DSC-V3. At least Sony can support Carl Zeiss.
 

kdemas

Well-Known Member
All... I noticed that both B&H and Adorama have the U4R in stock if you're interested. I must say that I can't believe that the U4R and I4R are the only Contax products available this Christmas season (new products). It is a sad state of affairs.

Not only that but my new 50mm 1.4 N lens has the dreaded "over-focusing" problem where you need to adjust the focus after the "auto focus is complete. Back it goes tomorrow.
 

dirk

CI-Founder
FYI

although it is obvious, I just want to make sure that there is no misunderstanding. Because of the end of Kyocera/ Contax cooperation there will be no Contaxinfo limited edition as originally planned.

In case other cooperaton partners of Zeiss will take over the Contax brand, we will see whether something similar with another camera model will be possible.
 

afong

Member
The unfortunate demise of Kyocera cameras has resulted in reduction in prices for their products. I was able to acquire a Kyocera SL400 for $150.

Now, it's not the U4R, but for $150 it's a deal. A 2GB SD memory card costs more!

Unfortunately, I haven't seen the U4R prices fall below $400 yet and many places have no stock. So, for $150 I got a comparable camera for my wife.

 
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