Contax IIIa 35mm Rangefinder camera c/w 5cm f1.5 Sonnar (Body Faulty)

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Condition: Excellent

Contax IIIa 35mm Rangefinder camera c/w 5cm f1.5 Sonnar (Body Faulty)

Excellent cosmetic condition, Shutter and meter are not working, the shutter tries to fire but jams

The lens is clean and issue free

General Contax IIIa information

Contax IIIa is the same camera with Contax IIa with a light meter. Compared to the prewar Contax II and Contax III, the Contax IIa and IIIa used the same lens mount with a completely re-engineered shutter mechanism, new body, and much improved chrome finish.

On earlier versions of the Contax IIa and IIIa cameras all the numbers on the shutter dial were in black and therefore is model was called Black Dial, corresponding to the Barnack Leica cameras like the IIIf. The so-called Color Dials were in production for a longer period than the Black Dials, 1953-62 (44.025 units) vs. 1951-53 (25.000 units). The earlier black dial Contax IIa and IIIa have a peculiar flash sync connection, from around November 1953 (CD) they have standard PC socket. As a consequence the release mechanism had to be redone. This was about the only major change in design during its production time. Other than that, from 1951 to 1962 there have been small changes in materials, exposure meter design and different lubricants.

The Contax IIa and IIIa are professional quality system 35mm Rangefinders with a large system of lenses and accessories, that some considered the best 35mm lenses during the 1950's. The  Contax IIa and IIIa has a superb mechanical fit and finish, many believe better than even the legendary Leica M3.

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Looking after your camera

Use a Camera Bag

A camera bag does more than just protect the camera against scratches and dust: It keeps it safe from rain because many are waterproof on the outside.

Be Very Careful Around the LCD Screen and Camera Lens

Use only special equipment to clean your camera’s LCD screen and camera lens. Buy a special cleaning kit that includes liquid solutions, microfiber cloths and brushes that have been specially designed to clean your camera lens.

Never Leave Your Batteries in Your Camera for Too Long
Many camera batteries are now alkaline or lithium formats. If you keep your camera with the batteries inside of it in a moist area, then the batteries can get corrosive. So if you’re thinking about just putting your camera on the shelf for several months, do yourself a favor and remove them.

Turn Your Camera Off Prior to Doing Anything

Before you do anything to your camera, always keep in mind that it should be turned off first. No matter what it is—swapping lenses, changing memory cards or disconnecting or attaching cables—your camera should be turned off.

Cold and Wet Weather Can Wreak Havoc on Your Camera Body
Take your camera out only in a waterproof bag. If the weather’s unusually cold, just wrap your camera in a plastic bag that has silica desiccant packets for the reduction of moisture. It’s also a smart idea to have a soft towel with you to wipe off any moisture, just in case it should get on your camera.

Good Memory Card Care Is Good Camera Care

Only transport your memory cards inside of a protective caseMake sure the memory cards stay dust-free at all times. When removing memory cards, make sure you do so indoors or in non-dusty situations.
Make sure that you keep memory cards only in cool places. Never keep them in places where they may heat up, like dashboards or glove compartments.
Never place your memory cards close to magnetic sources. Examples of magnetic sources are things such as audio speakers, TV monitors and actual magnets.

Use a Filter to Protect Your Camera Lens

The lens of your camera is naturally fragile. As such, it’s susceptible to scratches, cracks, dents…you name it. A UV filter will not only will you give your lens a fighting chance, but you’ll also enhance the quality of your pictures.

Condensation Can Be Controlled

Condensation normally happens when you move your camera between different temperatures.
Allow your camera a chance to naturally get used to the hotter environment. Don’t place it inside a closed plastic bag when transporting it between different temperatures! Just let the camera sit in the humid temperature for a while, until condensation disappears.
If this still doesn’t get rid of all of it, you can utilize a soft cloth to wipe away any remaining moisture and marks left behind from the condensation.