Good review of the Contax RTS series
Because you didn't mention Yashica, you may not be aware that Zeiss collaborated with Yashica to make the C/Y (Contax/Yashica) lens mount and therefore Yashica also made C/Y lens mount SLRs. I have the Yashica FR which I understand is their version of the Contax RTS and it is a fine camera too and reviewed very well in an previous photography magazine to be "better constructed" than the Contax RTS. What is interesting with both Contax & Yashica design is the shutter switch is simply a magnetic switch which requires hadly any pressure to trip as opposed to most other shutter switches that require some travel to make contact. The premise being that this minimizes camera movement caused by the traditional shutter mechanism. It does that but it does take a little getting used to.
There were three in the series - FR, FR I and FR II. THe FR is manual only, the FR I is auto expose only and the FR II is manual with aperture priority. Compact size, bright screen and well made. The shutter is electronic and completely battery dependent.
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