Contax T2 and Kodak Ultramax 400

Zürich, Switzerland
Contax T2, Kodak Ultramax 400

After exclusively using Leica Ms of all sorts for several years (an analog Leica MP was my only camera during the last 12 months, an M6 for many months before that and a Leica M Monochrom before that for several years) I wanted to try something different. Yet I am currently all analog and the new cam  should be a sturdy, compact autofocus film-camera. After some internet research it looked like the Contax T2 was the perfect model for my needs.

So I bought a Contax T2 in great shape from Japan and I’ve been trying out my new toy for some time now. It’s been pretty cold in Switzerland for the last few weeks and I gets dark quite early so I  wasn’t able to take the new cam out as much as I wanted to but I still got a good first impression.

During these first few walks the most annoying aspect was that using this cam with gloves is not really great. It’s too compact and just not made to be used in really cold conditions. While the titanium body makes a really solid impression, the metal becomes so cold outside, that it hurts to hold the cam. But of course, it’s my mistake buying a new camera in January.

Picturewise the first results look very promising, the f/2.8 Sonnar lens seems to be pretty sharp the autofocus works well if you aim well.

Comparing the whole experience to my Leica MP is not suitable because it’s just too different in too many aspects. I think the two cameras can well coexist in my bag.

Showing off some samples below, all pictures taken with the Contax T2 in Program Mode, Kodak Ultramax 400 at ISO 400. Scanned with a Noritsu LS-600, minor corrections in Lightroom.

Zürich, Altstetter Wald, Switzerland, Contax T2, Kodak Ultramax 400
Zürich, Altstetter Wald, Switzerland, Contax T2, Kodak Ultramax 400

 

Winterthur, Switzerland, Contax T2, Kodak Ultramax 400
Winterthur, Switzerland, Contax T2, Kodak Ultramax 400

 

Zürich, Switzerland, Contax T2, Kodak Ultramax 400
Zürich, Switzerland, Contax T2, Kodak Ultramax 400

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