Zeiss Contax IIIa Color Dial Camera with 50mm F2 Sonnar Lens, An Exceptionally Fine 35mm Rangefinder



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  • Vintage from the 1950s

Did you know that as new cameras the Zeiss Contax rangefinders were more expensive than new Leica and that Leica did not incorporate a built-in light-meter into a camera until the mid 1960s? Considering that and the world class reputation of the Zeiss lenses what you are looking at is a remarkable value and a real collectors opportunity. This is an exceptionally nice Contax IIIa camera body with the later color shutter speed dial. The included lens is a 50mm F2 Sonnar from the same period. The camera is fully functional. The shutter speeds seem accurate and the light-meter responds to light and appears to be accurate. The self-timer works and the rangefinder is bright and contrasty. The lens is optically clean and clear of any marks, haze, fog, fungus or anything else to diminish the performance of the lens. Included with the camera and lens are an original lens cap and a nice solid and serviceable eveready case. This camera will be a treasured and shootable addition to anyone's collection. Why not make it yours today?

DIMENSIONS: 5.25” x 3.25” x 2.75” (approx.)

WEIGHT: 26.85 oz

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5 out of 5 stars

Thank you QualityCameraCompany! Although I feel like film camera prices on etsy are much higher than ebay or thrifting them, I think you are paying for the quality control /care/knowledge/testing the camera out as well. I gave this to my boyfriend as a present and I wanted to ensure that it was going to work and shoot beautifully and it did!!! Sometimes other places are hit or miss, since they don't really "test" the cameras. I recommend anyone from buying from here! Just read the descriptions thoroughly to see if it is a good fit for you.

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Tessa Sep 6, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

I finally got my lil dream camera and I’m so thankful to quality camera for making it happen. I had a small technical issue with the camera when I first received it and they went above and beyond to fix it. I just finished shooting my first roll through it and I can’t wait to get it back. I highly recommend this seller.

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Desiree Alvarez Nov 13, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

This is my second order with this shop and just like my first, it’s amazing! They packaged it with such care. My last one was a gift for my BF and this one was for me! I’m definitely a beginner so I’m excited to have found this camera! I’m so excited to capture memories of my newborn with this beautiful camera! I’ll definitely be purchasing again in the future for any camera needs

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Victoria Arenas Sep 14, 2021

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Absolutely amazing camera shop!! Helped me when I had issues with shipping and when I accidentally broke my lens cap! And my new camera is amazing, love it so much. Very helpful people:)

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