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Limited edition for Contaxinfo members


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What does this mean: "each member had a maximum of 15 votes to share..."

And, if 148 votes were given, shouldn't there have been 148 members voting?

I was under the impression that we could/should only vote once..... What am i missing here?


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Derek wrote:

> What am i missing here?

Every member had the opportunity of voting for five designs in priority order.

That is five votes for 1st priority, four votes for 2nd priority, three votes for 3rd priority, two votes for fourth priority and one vote for fifth priority.

Per member that is a total of up until fifteen votes.

And when the referendum was held, a total of 148 of such votes were given from all members, of which some might have used all their 15 votes - others like you might have not.

Kind regards,


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Gilbert wrote:

> Where was that first posted?

Webmaster wrote (posted on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - 4:32 pm):

> please use the "vote" in
> blue colour on the left side
> of each posting for voting.
> If you click on it, it will
> ask you for your voting number
> (1-5 with 5 the best). You
> can only vote once on each
> posting/proposal. We can count
> only the votings made with
> this voting button.

Kind regards,



we experience some "problems" with the Contaxinfo logo. Zeiss asked us in an e-mail to make changes. No red star and also the font of the word "Contax" shall be different.

We will contact Zeiss and inform you. Worst case we have to adapt it slightly. But this will not influence the price for the winner of this competition

I keep you updated


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Are the specifics as to price and availability going to be posted soon? I am quite interested in the special edition.

Thanks for all your work on the site!



O.k., we got end of last week the o.k. from Zeiss for a slightly changed logo.

Andrey made the changes and we forwarded the new one last week to Kyocera so that they can start to make 2 s&les which we will show here.

After that we will provide a link to the Kyocera site where it is possible to buy the camera with the engraved logo on it.

As soon as we have more details, we will post it here. Should be a question of 6-10 days


Hi Kent,

sorry for the delay. We are still waiting for the subsite on the official Contax site.

As mentioned earlier, Contax will provide a page on its UK website for ordering this limited edition.

As soon as this is online, we will provide a link to that site and will publish the final price and package for it.

Sorry for this delay, but we have to make it this way. So we are just waiting for this last step and then eveybody can order over the Kyocera/Contax page.

I guess because of this global restructuring, many things will delay, unfortunately also this limited edition.

But as soon as we have new information, we will disclose it here.


Hello Dirk,

Did you ever manage to get either a SL300RT or U4R produced as a special edition? I still use the SL300RTs regularly along with my i4Rs; I freely admit that I prefer the older 3.17Mp SL300RT to the 4Mp U4R even though the lens remains the same. The black SL300RTs still look great though none of the Contax digital models look as good as the i4R in piano black... It's quite funny walking out with my Fuji GFX 50S or Hasselblad/Contax 645 with a digital back and then pulling out the i4R to grab a picture; just a slight contrast in size! :)


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Not really. They produced one prototype of the SL300T for demonstration purpose, which I lend to Zeiss, so they could show it in an exhibition in Oberkochen. Unfortunately they lost it. :mad:

Shortly after, Kyocera decided to leave the photomarket. Unfortunately. I am pretty sure they could have had success, as long as they do not try at that time to reinvent the wheel with fullframe sensors of Medium Format cameras. That was a bad strategic decision at that time. An APS-C sensor would have been goood enough for most Contaxians. At a time almost everybody had only APS-C sensors.

Does actually anybody know, that the Contax ND was the first fullframe DSLR worldwide? Even before the Canon?

I am still missing the old Contax days...


Yes - the Contax ND was famous (infamous) for being the first full-frame DSLR but there is always a risk when you are first to do something... Everyone watches to see what issues you encounter and then they refine what you have worked so hard to make and steal the market from you. The sensor in the ND was not fit for purpose as it overheated so easily and produced too much noise. It was a brave attempt but was never supported properly by Kyocera; it needed more financial support in the development of the sensor and the system. With so few lenses, even using the 645's glass via the adapter, it was never going to get a buy-in from professionals which were the target audience for the ND. I don't think Zeiss were confident about the future which might explain the poor number of prime lenses available for the system - where were the wide angles or ultra-wide angles? I think they got their fingers burnt with the decision by the new Yashica/Contax owners Kyocera to abandon the Contax 137AF back in 1982/3 after Zeiss had spent a lot of effort in designing and producing three AF lenses for the new Contax system, which was still able to use the old C/Y mount. Ah, what might have been... It is such a pity that Contax was bought by a company with no history in photography - but at least they produced the Contax 645. I can forgive them a lot for that.