Curse Precision Camera. I was all ready to settle down for the rest of the year and I made the mistake of visiting them yesterday. Wow, a pristine CONTAX T2. Used of course, but in mint condition. I asked them to hold the camera for a few days, just in case. This camera is not going to stay around very long.
After a night of research, I decided to bite. I bought it today just so that I can say I bought 10 cameras this year. A dubious distinction, to be sure. My friend Mike, perhaps jokingly, commented “Still a few days left in the year. Make it an even 10?”. Well I guess Mike was right.
Some call this the best compact film camera ever made. Many put it on their favorites list. I originally considered the T2 but opted for the Nikon 35Ti instead, another premium titanium camera from the same era. The 35Ti is a fine camera but there’s one feature that bugs me — it defaults to the flash always being active. I need to push a cumbersome button, while taking the picture, to deactivate flash. The T2, on the other hand, defaults to the flash turned off — big difference.
I got the CONTAX T2 as a collector’s piece but I also plan to shoot it. It’ll be fun to compare the CONTAX against the Nikon. Two very similar cameras in specs but very different in terms of design.
I hope you have a healthy and happy New Year. Thank you all for continuing to visit. I have lot more photography and camera stories planned for 2015 — see you next year.
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