Lomopedia: Contax S2

It sometimes gets confusing nowadays with all the buttons, knobs, and LCDs. But all that jazz just disappears when you hold the Contax S2. It’s a camera that straight up shoots photos. No fiddling with controls, struggling with electronics, just purely a plain and simple snapping experience.

Contax S2 © Goldstazjn via Wikimedia Commons, Image used under Creative Commons license

The Contax S2 is a fully-mechanical, SLR that exudes elegance despite its simple appearance. Some would say that it is that same simple design that contributes to this camera’s classy charm. You really can’t fault the designers at Contax for having chosen such an understated look for the S2. Its look compliments the shooting experience. Everything is simple including the features. The S2 has a 5mm spot meter that is great for portraits or pinpoint focusing. It also has a whopping 1/4000s top shutter speed for quick action shots.

The S2 is a camera that performs. It’s a good looking piece of gear but its main purpose is to take great photographs. Armed with a Carl Zeiss glass, the S2 can be a precision tool in the right hands. It’s all about going back to basics, relearning the fundamentals and pushing your skills to the test. And that’s one thing that can be lost today with all the different settings, programs, and modes we have to choose from.

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Technical Specifications

Lens: Carl Zeiss f/2.8 28 mm glass optics, Contax Yashica Mount, Zeiss T* lenses
Focus: single-lens reflex, horizontal split-image screen
Exposure: manual with a coupled TTL exposure meter, spot metering using SPD elements approx. 5mm
ISO: ISO 12 to 6400
Shutter: 1s to 1/4000s, Bulb
Size: 134.5 × 89 × 51mm
Weight: 565g without batteries
Material: Aluminium body, titanium top, and bottom covers
Flash: sync at 1/250s
Battery: Two LR44 1.5v alkaline for the exposure meter
Film: 35mm, manual film advance and rewind


All information used in this article was sourced from Drug Store Film, Shutterbug, Photography Review, Camera Manuals.

written by cheeo on 2019-05-10 #gear #slr #35-mm #lomopedia #contax-s2

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