Hiking around Flossenbürg with a Contax 139 Quartz

After dress­ing this beauty in new clothes, I was keen to see a first film in this 40 years old cam­era. So I moun­ted a Carl Zeiss Planar 1.7/50mm, loaded an Agfa Vista 200 and … enjoyed a photo walk;)

OK, this is not the 1.7/50mm lens attached 😉

… this is the right one 😉

Again we choose Flossen­bürg as our des­tin­a­tion and this time it was a 3 hour hike. We star­ted at the old castle — dated from around 1200 AD. From the castle tower you have a fant­ast­ic view in the sur­round­ing land­scape.

From there we headed down­wards over Ham­mer­bühl, Alten­ham­mer and Gais­mühle to the Small Gais­wei­h­er and the Large Gais­wei­h­er. After hav­ing lunch, we hiked back uphill to the end of our tour. All images from the trip can be seen here in the ori­gin­al Agfa Vista col­ours … and  here in a black&white ver­sion.

A very good review of this cam­era done by James Toc­chio can be found on Cas­u­al Pho­to­phile, so there’s no need to repeat the obvi­ous.
To me, this beau­ti­ful little cam­era is a pleas­ure to use … with a single weak point. The meter is not activ­ated by half-press­ing the shut­ter release but­ton like on many oth­er cam­er­as, but by a sep­ar­ate but­ton loc­ated on the cam­era front. While hav­ing your index fin­ger on the shut­ter release but­ton, you can have your middle fin­ger lay­ing on this but­ton. You need to get used to it, but it works.

What I also learned was, that in the view­find­er, not only the shut­ter speed is dis­played, but also the aper­ture value should be vis­ible … not in this cam­era. Seems as if some­thing is broken. After con­tact­ing Peter Robin­son from contax139.co.uk he assured me that this is repair­able, send­ing also repair inform­a­tion — very good inform­a­tion indeed. As this means to dis­as­semble the body to fix a broken wire, I think it’s bet­ter hav­ing this job done by an expert 😉

My con­clu­sion: This beau­ti­ful little Con­tax 139 Quartz is so easy to use and its a pleas­ure to shoot with.

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to check out my web­site too!

Enjoy

P.S. … and don’t for­get my Flickr page.

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2 Responses to “Hiking around Flossenbürg with a Contax 139 Quartz”

  1. Jim Grey says:

    This cam­era is 100% on my must-try list. (Have I said this here before?) Every blog­ger I fol­low who’s tried one says it’s great.

    • rgiw says:

      Hi Jim,
      I recom­mend this beau­ti­ful little cam­era. The only point to get used to is the sep­ar­ate but­ton for meter­ing. This is, why I prefer the Con­tax 159MM over the 139 Quartz. It meters by half press­ing the shut­ter release but­ton, has a pro­trud­ing hand grip and allows not only manu­al mode and aper­turte pri­or­ity, but also shut­ter pri­or­ity — and all that at the nearly same size and weight, which is not far away from an Olym­pus OM-1. If it would not be around 7271 km dis­tance, I would throw you one over the fence 😉

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