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    Scruffy looking Contax 167MT + 4 Kiron lens

    Just looking for the collective opinion as to whether I should try to pick this up and at what price.

    http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/pho/3904919555.html

    Thanks for your input.

    Jim

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    i've had two contax167. One has been working for about 20yrs. The other i got lasted about twenty months, but i got it from KEH in AS-IS conditions for 5 us$. On this part of the ocean you can get decent 167s for about 90 €. I would check KEH.COM. Then i wouldn't go for kiron lenses.
    A contax deserves zeiss lenses tha same way a lasagna deserves a tomato sauce and original parmigiano reggiano....

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    The Contax 167 is a sturdy machine, but a bit of an odd one in the Contax line up, with regards to ergonomics, buttons and levers etc. I would prefer a RX, ST or Aria, the RX being the cream of the crop. The big selling point for Contax are the CZ lenses. I wouldn't invest much in Kiron lenses, if I were you.

    I myself own RTSIII, RTSII and 2 Aria's, but if I could only have one to replace them all, I would want an RX.

    The RTSIII is the only model with 100% viewfinder, which I love, but it's to heavy to travel with...

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    Scruffy is right...too scruffy for me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitanikon View Post
    Scruffy is right...too scruffy for me...
    I love the "deteriorated foam" look. It's gonna need some cleanup. Offer $75 and see if they bite...

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    Ya it's not a bad kit, especially if one of the lenses is the Kiron 28 f2.

    The 167MT is all auto, I think, which would bring the price down in my book. I think rthomas has a good plan. I might offer $100 if everything works and the lenses are clean.

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    The 167 MT is NOT "all auto". It was the first camera to offer auto-bracketing, and it does have a program mode, but other than that, it's every bit as good an SLR as anyone here could want. The Kiron lenses are probably worthless, but I did see one of the lenses is actually a Contax 50mm f1.7. THAT, plus the body, are worth the $150. The flash included, if it is in fact working and not stuffed full of corroded batteries, is a good flash, even if not particularly valuable (in the $20-$30 range).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera View Post
    The 167 MT is NOT "all auto". It was the first camera to offer auto-bracketing, and it does have a program mode, but other than that, it's every bit as good an SLR as anyone here could want. The Kiron lenses are probably worthless, but I did see one of the lenses is actually a Contax 50mm f1.7. THAT, plus the body, are worth the $150. The flash included, if it is in fact working and not stuffed full of corroded batteries, is a good flash, even if not particularly valuable (in the $20-$30 range).
    I don't see an advance lever on the camera body ... this is why I thought it was all auto. And when I say all auto, I don't necessarily mean you can't set controls manually. I just mean that most functions are electronically controlled rather than mechanically controlled. So I should have been more specific.

    Contax never made an SLR on which you can't manually set exposure, as far as I know. And its electronics were second to none and known to last. I just prefer mechanical and electronic parts are hard to find if repair is needed, so it would be less desirable than say a 139Q, in my book.

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    I was told that the Contax 167MT was the best camera that Contax ever made when it came to reliability. Part of this was due to the automatic film advance. I have owned them and they are great cameras.

    If the camera is working, the body is probably worth $100.00 to $150.00. The lenses are worthless in today's market.

    Back in the day Kiron was a good bang for your buck lens. Good quality for little coin.

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