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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    You might look at the Yashica FR-3 rather than a Contax the yashicas are more reliable.

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    Also worth consideration is the FX-3 Super 2000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony-S View Post
    Also worth consideration is the FX-3 Super 2000.
    Tony, you're right! I have collected so many Contax bodies I forgot I have a brown-snakeskin Yashica FX-3 deep in the camera cupboard somewhere. I'm 99% certain the battery is only for the LED meter and nothing else. Fully mechanical. I'm going to go dig it up and check. Oh, and cheap too. I paid $75 for mine and only due to its fine shape and nifty snakeskin cover. I totally overpaid. Otherwise I think they can be had for $25-50 USD usually...or cheaper.
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    My only C/Y camera is the Contax 159MM. It is probably my favorite 35mm SLR, but I don't use it as much as my Canon F-1n or A-1 because I have so many more Canon lenses. Zeiss gets expensive in a hurry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chan Tran View Post
    But I never knew of any body that is bullet proof and bullet proof which could take a bullet and still survive doesn't mean it would be reliable under normal use.






    Don McCullin - Nikon F by martsharm, on Flickr



    Thought I don't know if he took a picture of anything with it afterwards...

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    Yashica FX3 is a nice alternative
    It's light, albeit, plasticky

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    Here's my FX-3. Just checked and all speeds work with no battery.

    This is why I keep it as a backup to my RX, AX, RTS and RTSII! :-)

    But seriously, through the years I've had issues with all but the RTSII and the FX-3.

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    Back when my dad did camera repairs, the most often cameras he saw in the C/Y mounts were 137MDs and 137MAs (plastic shutter parts would crack under heavy pro use) and RTSIIs
    I guess this was due to their popularity

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