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We were lucky enough to collect this wonderful Contax with an original box (we love old cameras and their boxes)!
The Contax IIIa (and IIa) are interchangable lens 35mm rangefinder cameras.
The Contax IIIa was made by Zeiss Ikon AG. Stuttgart, West Germany.
We haven’t run a roll of film through it yet but we hope to soon. The lens is a Carl Zeiss 50mm f/ 1.5 and the exposure meter (top) appears to be working after all these years.
Exposure meter flap in the open position. The meter has selenium cells that are powered by light – no batteries necessary. The only downside is that over time they do give out and they can be a bit fragile after nearly 70-years-old.
The Carl Zeiss f/ 1.5 lens is considered to be fast even by today’s standards.
Here’s the Contax IIa – same features but without the built-in exposure meter.
Here’s another camera in our collection that’s available to purchase. From 1955, the Minolta A2 (or A-2) 35mm non-interchangeable lens rangefinder camera.