Camera Porn Friday

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Re: Camera Porn Friday

Post by alexvaras » Fri Nov 25, 2022 10:24 am

Thank you, all.
I was looking the 616 version of this as well, maybe one day it comes across.

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Post by Julio1fer » Sun Dec 11, 2022 5:15 pm

At least 4 years since I got something interesting. Now, I may have bagged a folding Contessa 35 and a Contaflex for a very reasonable price in a local site. Will update when the cameras arrive.

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Post by titrisol » Tue Dec 13, 2022 12:10 pm

The folding contessa is beautiful, and the lightmeter works in a 95% of the cases if you use Mr Elek's solution:
http://elekm.net/zeiss-ikon/repair/meter-repair/
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Re: Camera Porn Friday

Post by Julio1fer » Tue Dec 13, 2022 8:10 pm

Cameras arrived, very dirty. Will try some cleaning in the weekend. The Contessa looks like a solid rival to Retinas of the period.

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Re: Camera Porn Friday

Post by titrisol » Wed Dec 14, 2022 10:14 am

I got mine from a Photrio member, he used it and took good care of it, who wanted to trade for something else
Price was reasonable and camera is in good shape (even the tripod-bushing protector is in place)
I didn't know there were 2 versions of the camera, but after some reading I got V1
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Contessa 35 v1

Lightmeter was cleaned as per the procedure I posted above and it's worked just fine
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Re: Camera Porn Friday

Post by Julio1fer » Wed Dec 14, 2022 7:06 pm

Seller’s picture of the pair:

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Re: Camera Porn Friday

Post by titrisol » Thu Dec 15, 2022 10:59 am

the contalfex looks rough
The contessa looks ok
Wish you luck!
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Re: Camera Porn Friday

Post by Julio1fer » Thu Dec 15, 2022 8:37 pm

titrisol wrote:
Thu Dec 15, 2022 10:59 am
the contalfex looks rough
The contessa looks ok
Wish you luck!
Thanks! I thought the same. In fact the Contaflex is not as bad as it looks. An interesting weekend ahead.

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Re: Camera Porn Friday

Post by titrisol » Fri Dec 16, 2022 8:52 am

As long as the glass is clean (no old fungus) it should be OK
The Contessa is mechanically complex but magaeable
The Contaflex is out of my league
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Re: Camera Porn Friday

Post by Julio1fer » Sat Dec 17, 2022 5:06 pm

Well, here is the pair after a primary outside cleaning.

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The Contessa is a 1951 model (s/n starts with T), with a Zeiss-Opton Tessar 45/2.8 lens and Synchro-Compur shutter.

The Contaflex is a late model, a Super BC from about 1971, with a Tessar 50/2.8. Both shutters and film transport mechanisms work; however, both lenses and viewfinders are dirty as politics. No fungi are visible, but who knows what lies beneath the dirt.

I hope both cameras will eventually become users. Now, a trip to the tech for a professional CLA. Hope to post again when these two come back.

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