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    Quote Originally Posted by Viggi View Post
    When I walked into Greys of Westminster, London Nikon specialists, with the Hexar AF hanging around my neck, one gentleman working there spotted it among all the Nikon artillery and remarked it was a very nice camera. And I agree. But in a small town in Scotland, I was shooting with a Yashica body and the local lads rained stones on me. When I confronted them and asked why they were pummelling me, it wasn't because I was shooting film (!), but because they thought I was a journo pig. With a Yashica FX70!!! What would they have done if I had an RTS3....
    Ha! I hate getting pummelled by lads.
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    On RTS3 vs RX - is the latter quieter? I gather that RX has a very soft shutter sound, but not sure about the film advance. The 167MT has quiet shutter, but the film advance is a bit high pitched.
    Contax / Yashica / Nikon / Konica / Fuji / Samsung / Bronica

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    I cannot comment on the RTSIII as I only have the RTS I and the II but the Contax RX is THE quietest SLR for shutter sound and film advance sound I've ever used. Others non-Contax SLRs used: Nikon FM2, FE2, F2, F3, N60, F80s, Fujica ST801, Minolta SRT.
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    The RTS III is a little noisier than the RX - the shutter makes more noise I think, but the film advance is very quiet.

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    Here is the promised photo.

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    ....droooooooool
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    Congratulations Scott, that's a beautiful camera you have.
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    It is just amazing that Adorama sold it at this price. Although they offer a large selection in film photography gears, I don't know them as offering such great deals.
    Congrats!

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    After about two days of surfing and reading about the RTSIII, what an amazing camera. For the past few years I recall a few of you talking about these Contax cameras but had NO idea of exactly how amazing these old cameras were. I do not ever recall even hearing about them let alone seeing one of them in the day.....OK, maybe once in 1988 I saw some guy in London with on at a tourist site, but that's it.

    Is it possible to find one today? I assume these were only in the hands of professionals?

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    SafetyBob-

    They are around. Easiest places to find them are the big online camera dealers (KEH, B&H, Adorama to name a few) plus Ebay. They were more common outside the US/Canada - they were the cat's meow in the UK, continental Europe, the Middle East and Asia. They were used by pros and amateurs alike. If you are looking for one, the more recent cameras are the ones to look for:-
    • 167 MT - the first camera to have auto-bracketing
    • RX - in-viewfinder focus confirmation plus depth-of-field scale, body by Porsche Design
    • S2/S2b - all-mechanical camera, battery only for meter, the S2b was black with a spot meter, the S2 was satin chrome with center-weighted meter
    • ST - a junior RTS III, it had the ceramic pressure plate but no vacuum
    • RTS III - big daddy of them all, direct competitor to the Nikon F4, EOS 1N. Top shutter speed 1/8000th, motor drive to 5fps, center or spot metering, TTL OTF flash metering even for non-dedicated strobes, mirror lock-up.
    • AX- a great answer to a question too few people ever asked. An auto-focus body that could auto-focus with manual focus lenses (and effectively provide a 5-10mm extension tube in the process) it auto-focused by moving the film plane instead of the lens. Big, clunky brick of a camera which may have more mechanical issues as it ages compared to the others. So far I've not heard of any significant problems, but these cameras are getting to be 15 years old now, and they have both complicated electonics and mechanicals, which few repairmen will know how to work on.
    • Aria - the swan song of the RTS line - lightweight, compact, but it still had a motorized film advance, center, spot and Matrix metering, and auto bracketing. Too little, too late.
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