|Contax 645 Body with Prism Finder 6x45 Medium Format Camera from Japan g17|
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|Frame special memories for life with the Contax 645 camera. The electronically controlled vertical travel metal focal plane shutter of this Contax SLR camera delivers a precise and sharp image quality. Bring your subjects close with the 20 mm magnification of this Contax film camera. Ensure your personal presence in all special moments with the 10 and 2 seconds self timer feature of this Contax SLR camera. The optional ‘220 back with real time vacuum system’ in this Contax film camera ensures optimum image sharpness. The Contax 645 camera with multiple feature alert display, keeps you updated on every action of the device.|
|Film Type||Medium Format|
|Battery Type||Lithium Battery|
|Film Format||6 x 4.5 cm|
|Shutter Speed||8 to 4000 sec|
|Maximum Flash Sync Speed||1/125 sec|
|ISO Range - Manual Setting||ISO 6 - 6400|
|Frames per Second||1.6 fps|
|Manual Shooting Modes||Aperture Priority, Fully Manual, Shutter Priority|
|Light Metering Modes||TTL|
|Dioptric Adjustment Range||-2 to 1|
|Film Auto Transport||Loading, Transport|
|Viewfinder Frame Coverage||95%|
|Included Accessories||Battery, Case, Hand Strap|
|Additional Features||Auto Exposure, Focus Lock, Interchangeable Lenses, Mirror Lockup, Self Timer|
Average review score based on 6 user reviews
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This is one great camera! It handles like a 35mm slr and produces pictures of excellent quality. The focusing is manual, I actually prefer that because I control the point of focus rather than waiting and hoping autofocus will get my subject correctly. It will accept film holders for 120, 220 and 70mm. There is no digital back for this model. The pictures it produces are of high quality, incredible detail and vibrant color.
I take my pictures on film and then have the developer scan them onto cd. Thus, I can work Photoshop on my images, get the warmth and detail of film and avoid the upfront expense of the medium digital outfits.
There is a huge supply of lenses and accessories that can be had on Ebay and with patience you can put together a fine system for less than a single lens would cost for a new system. Remember that these were made in the mid eighties, so you must take care that the unit you are looking at has been well taken care of. Don’t buy unless the seller is willing to let you return the unit after a reasonable inspection period.
The 645 has the perfect balance of automation/manual control. If you want point/shoot just set to auto exposure, autofocus. If you want control then the camera can be set to whatever shutter/aperature combination, all with the guidance of a light meter and focus indicator in the viewfinder. If you want rock steady .... lock the mirror and use the self-timer or cable release. All of this with traditional dials and buttons, no menus. The icing on the cake is a killer flash meter built in and Zeiss lenses. If Nikon or Canon built this exact camera for 35mm it would be a classic and outlast the legendary Nikon F3 in longevity. Put a digital back on the 645 and you will be inspired by 4x5 quality that will take your breath away. Ahhh, if only Contax were still around.....although ebay provides well.
The CONTAX 645 is a top notch medium format camera. It compares to Hasselblad H1/H2 and Mamiya 645. Neither of the the competition offer Carl Zeiss optics and the 80mm standard lens on the Contax 645 is F2 -- fastest medium format lens.
This is a pro camera and offers everything in a very direct and convenient manner. Mirror lock-up and depth-of-field preview are super easy. In terms of size and ease of use, its very comparable to 35mm SLR's. In fact, compared to my Nikon F5, its smaller and lighter. Loading and unloading the 120 film is quite easy.
Best part about the CONTAX brand is that since Kyocera stopped production in 2006, it has become somewhat of a bargain and you can put your hands on a top notch camera for a song. Enjoy shooting!
This the perfect medium format camera with everything one would need.A digital back can be used.You cannot go wrong with the Zeiss lenses
The best film camera ever made. The zeiss glass is to die for. Really. If you are hesitating, don't. Just buy it. You won't regret it. They will bury me with this one.