Contax 137 MA 35mm SLR camera, with Carl Zeiss 50mm Planar f1.7 lens


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SR 056256

Body condition 8.0/10. Lens condition 9.5/10 (Comes with 6 months warranty)



In normal operation (auto aperture priority exposure), the shutter speed ring is set to A (auto). When a preferred shutter speed is manually selected, this speed is shown by a flashing light in a bank of viewfinder LEDs, while the meter recommended speed for the set aperture is lit continuously (not flashing). Thus, correctly changing the aperture will bring the meter reading into agreement with the user selected shutter speed, leading to a match-the-light shutter speed priority system.

In common with all Contax SLRs, the shutter speed dial isn't in the usual place: it's at the base of the rewind knob. Of course full manual override is also available, and the meter recommendation can be ignored.

There are six program modes, to select press and hold the mode button while sliding the operating lever.


Focus: Silver-coated prism with horizontal split-image spot, surrounded by a micro-prism collar. 0.86x magnification shows 95% of picture area. Shutter speeds indicated by 16 LEDs, plus over and under exposure indications; aperture selected; exposure counter; exposure compensation warning LED; Shutter speed LEDs flash to indicate AE lock operation; effective flash range indication; DOF preview.

Shutter: Quartz-timed electronically controlled horizontal travel type cloth focal plane shutter. Step-less on AUTO from 1/1000th to 11 seconds, plus X (1/60th) and B. Manually selectable speeds from 1/1000th to 1 second. 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 marked 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 1/60th, and TTL flash metering with dedicated flash units.

Film Advance: Automatic. Either winds-on one frame, or continuous shooting at 3 f.p.s. Includes a small film advance indicator/confirmation window.

Frame Counter: Automatic count-up and reset.

Rewind: Via crank and release button, located under a shield on the top plate (near to the shutter release button).

Size: 143 x 92.5 x 51mm (W x H x D).

Weight: 665g with batteries.

Battery: Four 1.5v AA. The camera has a switchable battery check/tester light.


Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f1.7 lens:


Planar 50mm f/1.7 is a classical manual focus Zeiss lens consisting of 7 elements in 6 groups. The build quality of the lens is quite good - the lens barrel is built of lightweight metal and both focus and aperture rings are fully rubberized (and smooth despite the age of the lens). The lens is very light and compact - almost miniature, measuring 6.1x3.6cm (2.4x1.4in) and weighing only 190gr (6.72oz). The lens extends slightly when focusing towards close-up, but the front glass element does not rotate, so you will be able to attach a circular polarizer to the front thread. The filter size if 55mm. The minimum focusing distance for this lens is 60cm (2ft) and the minimum supported aperture is f/16. On an APS-C type cameras with 1.6x crop ratio, the field of view of the lens is similar to that of an 80mm lens on a full-frame body.



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