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Contax 139 Quartz 35mm SLR, with Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.7


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Body condition 8.5/10, all functions working, finder is super clear, body has very minimal marks from general use.

Lens condition 8/10, lens is really clear, no scratch, no fungus, no haze, very small dust (will not affect image quality)

body s/n: 165050

lens s/n: 6900749

(Comes with 6 months warranty)



The Contax 139 Quartz is a 35mm SLR that was introduced in 1979 and manufactured up until 1978 with something over 200,000 being built in that time. It was manufactured by Yashica in Japan under licence to Zeiss. Yashica also manufactured the Yashica FX-D which was seen as a budget version of the 139 with less features but, in fact, was largely a completely different camera.

The 139Q had a quartz-timed, electronically-controlled vertical metal shutter that was very advanced for its day. It has speeds of 11 seconds to 1/1000 of a sec in auto, and 1 to 1/1000 in manual exposure mode.

The metering system is a center-weighted system with a range of 0 to 18 EV(f/1.4) using a silicon photo diode cell. The through-the-lens TTL synchronized flash with the TLA20 and TLA30 flash units. Other new features included manual or aperture-priority exposure controls and a DOF preview lever. An AE lock feature available to hold metered shutter speeds, and an improved flash sync speed (1/100th sec.). Exposure compensation is available and can be adjusted by over or under 2 EV.

The finder has a matte field with a horizontal split-image device surrounded by a microprism. The aperture information is on the top of the finder. Full exposure information visible in the viewfinder with individual shutter speeds on the right lit by LED. It is powered by two SR44 batteries....

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Lens mount: Contax/Yashica bayonet.

Focus: Silver-coated prism with horizontal split-image spot, surrounded by a micro-prism collar. 0.86x magnification shows 95% of picture area. Auto/manual LED. Shutter speeds indicated by 14 LEDs where flickering indicates the user set speed, and continuous illumination indicates the camera's auto shutter speed. Exposure compensation indicator. LED flash indictor, with after flash subject within range indicator. Under and over exposure warnings. AE lock indicator. Aperture setting window. DOF preview.

Shutter: Quartz-timed electronically controlled vertical travel type metal focal plane shutter. Continuously variable on AUTO from 1/1000th to 11 seconds, plus X (1/100th) and B. Electromagnetic shutter release. Quartz-timed electronic self-timer with precise 10 sec delay. Front facing body LED flashes to indicate operation, accelerating 2 seconds before shutter is released.

Meter: TTL, centre-weighted averaging metering at full aperture using SPD (Silicon Photo Diode) cell.

Exposure: Aperture-preferred automatic exposure. +/-2 EV exposure compensation button, click stops at every half EV, and is maked 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 4. Setting AE lock lever locks in shutter speed in effect at time of setting.

Film Speed: 125 to 3200 ASA.

Flash: Standard X-synch hot shoe at 1/100th, and TTL flash metering with dedicated flash units.

Film Advance: Rapid advance lever with 135° advance and 30° rest position. Coupling for power winder.

Frame Counter: Automatic count-up and reset.

Rewind: Via crank and release button.

Size: 135 x 85.5 x 50mm (W x H x D).

Weight: 500g.

Battery: Two 1.5v Eveready S76 type...

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Type: 35mm Camera

Vendor: Contax