In this video, Jules and I review the Contax RTS, a professional segment analog SLR camera which hit the market in 1975. The Contax RTS was the result of the cooperation between Carl Zeiss and Yashica (which later became Kyocera) and comes with a beautiful shutter sound, high built quality, and access to Carl Zeiss lenses. Take a look at our review for all the details.
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hey guys this Max and today we want to review the contacts RTS but before we dive into the review I want to tell you the story of how I got this particular camera and it starts a couple of weeks ago when I visited my aunts place in this way BIA and I brought along my Leica m6 because I wanted to visit my grandmother as well who is almost 90 years old by now and living in a retirement home and I wanted to use the opportunity to take some of her portraits and of course bringing along the Leica m6 sparked a conversation about analog photography with my aunt at some point and she mentioned that she worked at Carl Zeiss for 28 years mostly in over cuffin and that back in the mid 1970s when she started she actually bought a contacts with three different card size lenses and she told me all about how she enjoy photography back then and especially the macro lens that she got and of course I got increasingly interested and I carefully asked her about the whereabouts of this camera and she was like well actually I think I gave it to your sister at some point so I instantly texted my sister who is living in Southern Denmark and she was like yeah I do remember that camera and I think it's somewhere in our attic so to make a long story short not even a week later I was holding this context RTS together three beautiful lenses in my hand realized that it's in a really great condition and working with Rosie and I could instantly start taking some photographs was instantly developing the first test roll and testing it extensively in the last couple of weeks and now it's about time to do a proper review so today this is what we're going to do Jules and I will take a couple of photographs with this particular camera using all the three lenses that came with it that's a 50 millimeter f1 point for planar lens this 60 millimeter F 2.8 macro lens which is amazing and the 200 millimeter F 3.5 portrait lens so let's take a closer look at this camera contacts is a card size brand that the company used between 1932 and 2005 and before getting into the entire contacts history which is really interesting I just want to focus on the 1970s here and back in 1972 around that time card size was looking for a cat new cameraman a manufacturer so basically a company that would create an SLR body that would go along well with their high quality card size lenses and at first there were talks with the company Pentax but eventually they decided to work with the Yashica the first result of the cooperation between card size and Yashica was this contacts RTS with RTS standing for real-time system which of course meant that it was metering in real time basically once you press the shutter it selected the right shutter speed and ensure that your exposure was right and the camera was first introduced at Photokina in 1974 and was an immediate hit when it hit the market in 1975 and that's also the year when my aunt purchased this camera what is interesting is that it was directed at the professional level market and here I really have to mention that in combination with a professional motor drive this camera was able to or still is able to shoot five frames per second and that is really interesting because when you look at the prices on eBay today this camera can be had for on average around 130 euros right now of course the prices are profound to change but and what you get is a really solid and wonderfully designed camera that was directed as a at the professional market back then so in comparison to other SLRs that you can get this is really a great bargain and I encourage you to take a look at it especially because you do get access to card size lenses so now let's take a closer look at the technical details of the contacts RIT s um what is most important is that it has an electronically controlled horizontal cloth focal plane shutter with speeds ranging from one second to 1 mm of a second so really fast and in addition to that you have a ball mode besides that there is a dedicated ISO dial ranging from iso 12 to 3200 and there is exposure compensation of plus 2 and minus 2 depending on what you want to do in addition to the shutter speed and the eyes a dial of different buttons we have a mirror lock-up we do have a depth of field preview down here and a self-timer and most importantly we have a metering button here on the front that you will use a lot if you're in manual mode the manual exposure mode so what you would usually do is take a look through the viewfinder press that button here on the front with your index finger and then get an indication of the suggested shutter speed and then you can reset it up here what is interesting with someone also mentioned to me already in one of the forums is that you set your shutter speed here on the left with a dial on the left and not what is more common by now here on the right where the contacts are ts has its ISO dial what I should also mention is the viewfinder which is really bright and wonderful and covers 92% of what is actually ending up on the film and has a very nice indication of the shutter speeds here on the right side and the important information that you need and what is also interesting when you use the camera in the aperture priority automatic exposure mode that you can set here where you just set it to a you still have the shutter speeds briefly lighting when you press the shutter so you also get some degree of control or at least the information that you need about your shutter speed in the automatic control setting yeah so these are the typical features that you would expect um from such an advanced professional segment SLR camera you so what are our findings after using the contacts RTS for the last couple of weeks most importantly this camera really feels like a professional SAR even today after 40 years the electronics run smoothly the high quality material comes through it's such a joy to press the shutter the shutter sound is simply amazing and what I particularly like is that the shutter itself almost feels like a soft release the shadow release is so soft you instantly get some feedback and it sounds wonderful what I also really appreciated is the separation between the shutter and the metering button here at the front so especially in manual mode kind of much more consciously thinking about okay pressing metering first and then doing your settings maybe over exposing a little bit if you need to and then actually pressing the shutter and have that completely separated what I also liked is the amazingly bright viewfinder and how easy it is to frame and focus using it so even with the 50 millimeter f1 point for planar lens I found myself really hitting focus when shooting portraits with this camera and also find must found myself using it quite a bit for portrait sessions because I enjoyed so much and it also creates a certain atmosphere because of the shutter sound because with the speed that brings along as a manual advanced film advanced camera I really really enjoyed it last but not least what is also important to think is that it is well suited for starters for beginners so if you're just starting out and looking for a solid maybe even professional segment SLR analog camera you should definitely take a look at this camera because it can be had as mentioned before for only around 130 euros on eBay of course price is about to change and they this body does instantly give you access to card size lenses and this last but not least is of course what I enjoyed the most getting this camera from my own and then a set of lenses these lenses are amazing and what they bring out on 35 millimeter cameras and 35 millimeter film is really astounding so thanks for watching I hope you enjoyed this review of the context RTS if you did remember to like this video and maybe even share it with your friends and if you want to see more videos like that please um leave us a comment in the comment section below and subscribe to autumn channel as you know Jutes and I really appreciate it so thanks for watching we hope to see you soon bye