I just picked up a Contax 159MM as a "good deal" --I thought it'd great for street shooting, as it came with a nice Kiron* 20mm f2 and it's already a bit beat-up so I don't have to worry about petting and nursing it. However, like you, I immediately ran into a problem with its electro-magnetic shutter: it doesn't fire. According to what I've found online, I can repair the problem by opening the face of the camera and cleaning the "magnet and armature"... But forget it! My limit for doing 'fine detail work' is flossing my teeth! Anyway --as it came with a couple of nice lenses, my intention --and suggestion to you-- is to pick up an affordable, all-mechanical, Yashica FX body....I'd love to have the all- mechanical Contax S2 is (for me) out of the ball park at it's current --what?-- $1000. second hand price... and even if I could afford it, I'd be back to babying the thing instead of relaxing and shooting with it (I think --somewhere buried in a camera bag-- I've got a Leica I never use because of this psychological fear!)
Wish us both good luck!
*friendly message to the Super Technoids who'd have the tendency to ask, "Why would you use a Contax camera and not use Contax lenses?" That's so old and, in my book, hair-splittingly invalid today. Go tell it to the Leica owners who shoot through Voightländer glass and leave me alone! :o) .
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