Posts Tagged ‘contax’

Contax 139 Quartz and … the rise of the Phoenix

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

I thought it might be a good idea, to tell the story of  a Contax 139 Quartz being dressed in a new leather cover. Here is how the hidden beauty – Contax 139 Quartz – looks like before treatment …

Front Cover

Back Cover

Left Front Cover

Right Front Cover

And now let’s start with some beautification 😉

There are some resources on the web where you can find new covers – one of them is Morgan Sparks from cameraleather.com.

Morgan offers loads of stuff fitting perfectly for a whole bunch of camera types. Delivery from the US works flawless … perfect service!

The cover for my Contax 139 Quartz is about $19.50 plus shipping and it’s worth it. My first two Contax 139 are real beauties now.

You can find an excellent how-to on his web page for both methods – dry and wet.

Step 1: Remove old cover
As one knows, Contax used real leather for its old SLR. Unfortunately this cover detoriated over time and what remains is quite ugly.

Before we can apply the new cover, the old one needs to be removed completely. Sometimes the old cover can be pulled off quite easily … let’s see … ups, this time it was quite a dirty job and I used some stain remover.

I use a brand from East Germany called Nuth … the best I found for a lot of cleaning purpose.

After removing the old cover, take some cleaning alcohol and clean the camera surface carefully so that no dirt or fat (from the fingers) remains.

Step 2: Apply the parts
There are three parts pre-cut – the back, the left front and the right front.

The cover has a top side and an – very adhesive – back side. DO NOT TOUCH THE ADHESIVE SIDE – as this might ruin its capability to adhere!!!

So let’s start with … the back. First pull the part off from the sheet and put it with the front side on a tablet.

Prepare a small cup with water, add a drop (!) of detergent – see hint on Morgans’ webpage .

Now take a small brush and put some water on the adhesive side – this will reduce adhesion until the water evaporates.

Next, take up the part carefully and apply it onto to the camera. As long as it is wet, you can slightly move it to correct its position until it fits.

Carefully apply some pressure to the cover by smooting.
Now do the same for the other cover parts.

Step 3: Have fun
The final result should look like this.

Back Cover

Front Cover

Now … I’m keen to load a first film into that beauty.

Enjoy 😉

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Homeland – Amaryllis

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

That day the weather was cold but sunny – at least  in the morning. Sun was coming in through the large windows and gave some beautiful lighting.
This Amaryllis is going on now since Christmas and it’s still not at it’s end.

As I’m currently experimenting with a Sony A7R2 and old glass, I had mounted a Contax Carl Zeiss Planar 1.4/50mm.
This lens gives some very very beautiful results. As often, I have tried a black&white version too.

I applied some presets in Nik’s Color Efex and Silver Efex applications and I’m getting more and more pleased with the results.

Enjoy 😉

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New Kids on the Contax/Yashica Block …

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Some new kids arrived today to play with.

First – and hopefully the last of the kids – is a Contax Aria.

Second – trying to complete the C/Y lens lineup – are three Yashica ML kids. One is the Yashica ML 2.8/35mm – one of my favorite focal lenghts.

Yashica ML 2.8/35mm

Another one is the Yashica ML 2.8/24mm – a highly regardes lens.

Yashica ML 2.8/24mm

And the last one is a Yashica ML 3.5/21mm lens – the predecessor of the legendary and highly expensive Zeiss 21mm lens.

Yashica ML 3.5/21mm

Hope, that soon I’ll have time to push a roll of film through the Aria with each of the new kids.

Enjoy 😉

P.S. In case you’d like to comment … it’s appreciated!
P.P.S. … and maybe, you want to check out my website too.
P.P.P.S. … and don’t forget my Flickr page.