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Cameras

Manufacturer:Model Manufacture years Serial Number Date acquiredPrice PaidComments
Yashica: Yashica FX-A Quartz camera  Yashica: Yashica FX-A Quartz1983 001695 2013An innovative camera, I love using the hybrid focusing system. It looks great too, especially when paired with the Contax 139 Winder.
Contax: RTS Gold Anniversary  camera  Contax: RTS Gold Anniversary  E-42 2012Truly beautiful with its matching Zeiss 50 1.4 Planar. They made 100 in the E-series. It is in its original wooden/leather box.
Contax: RTS Fundus camera  Contax: RTS Fundus 123438 1989This is the Scientific version of the RTS with a raised surround to the shutter button to prevent accidental tripping; a lock button on the front of the camera for the shutter speed selector and enhanced mirror damping. It's such a lovely camera, I have bought 7 over the years.
Contax : Preview camera  Contax : Preview 002051 1980Not intended for amateur use, this is essentially a Polaroid back attached to a Yashica FX-3 shutter with the C/Y mount. It is a no frills 'brick' to be with a Contax (or Yashica) Right Angle Finder for image viewing prior to shooting with your main camera. Very useful for checking lighting or composition with the taking lens which is then transferred back to the 35mm camera.
Contax : CGCM camera  Contax : CGCM 001881 2000There are quite a few variants of the CGCM all of which are based on the Contax 137MD. They are principally for use in laboratories and may lack, metering, mirrors and various controls - most are externally powered.
Contax: ST camera  Contax: ST 009693 1999This is the most pure photographers' SLR - it has no frills but exudes class and handles like a dream. It shares the ceramic film plate of the RTSIII, though without the vacuum, and has a date back, It can however be used with the rather excellent Data Back of the 167MT for remote operation. It is pictured here with the P-7 Power Pack for extended use and Zeiss' 50 1.4 Planar.
Petri: Micro RSD camera  Petri: Micro RSD 188780 2018A very rare example of the precursor to the MF-1. There seems to be some debate as to whether Petri made the Carena Micro RSD or Carena made the Petri version - perhaps Petri made both...or neither. it's a very nice, tiny SLR.
Contax: M 35 W camera  Contax: M 35 W 7090010 1983This is the most extreme variant of the Contax 137MD and I've shown the back of the camera to prove its provenance as it shows a D-5 fitted. The front has a circular plate fitted to which a Zeiss microscope is attached via a Prontor Magnetic shutter; the camera has no meter or shutter. You can see the front of the camera, top left of the Contax CGCM group photo.
Yashica: Yashica Sequelle camera  Yashica: Yashica Sequelle1962 15612 11/2018A very strange looking half-frame camera, seemingly designed to look like home-movie cameras of the 1960s. Finding the grip was a big plus as it balances the camera beautifully.

Lenses

Manufacturer:Model Serial Number Date acquiredPrice PaidComments
Zeiss, Carl: Yashica Sequelle camera  Zeiss, Carl: 70-210 f3.5 Vario-Sonnar6818202 1988This is the best 70-210 ever made and the macro has to be seen to be believed. Despite the huge amount of glass in this lens, I've never owned one with zoom creep.
Yashica: Yashica Sequelle camera  Yashica: ML 70-210 f4A7600153 2015Very rare lens of exceptional quality made only for 1 year around 1980. Its build quality and sharpness rivals Zeiss' 70-210 VS though it has no macro capability. It's a stunner and I have 2 of them.
Yashica : Yashica Sequelle camera  Yashica : ML 55 1.2A5001550 2014Made on the Tomioka line, this is a beautiful lens with a softer bokeh than the Zeiss 55 1.2 Planar.
Yashica: Yashica Sequelle camera  Yashica: ML 100mm f4A9100009 1979This was the 9th lens off the Tomioka production line for the Bellows 100mm and although it has the ML coating, it is stylised as a DSB with its silver nose and coarser diamond grips. Very sharp performer but can only be used with a bellows as it has no focusing mechanism.
Yashica: Yashica Sequelle camera  Yashica: 35-70 f3.5 MLA7702643 1980This is a rare lens and of superb build quality. It is large and heavy, especially when compared with other 35-70 ML or MC lenses and is a one-touch zoom. It produces superb images.
Yashica: Yashica Sequelle camera  Yashica: 35-70 f4 MLA8101084 2013This early ML zoom is quite rare and like its larger f3.5 cousin is much sought after. Unlike its big brother, this is a 2-ring zoom and not a push-pull. It has a reputation for sharpness and very low distortion.
Yashica : Yashica Sequelle camera  Yashica : 28-50 f3.5 MLA7401677 2015This is a stunner! OK - it's got less than a x2 zoom range but it makes up for it in image quality which is outstanding - low distortion, even illumination, and tack-sharp. It received one of the highest ever ratings from Amateur Photographer magazine. It is increasingly hard to find.
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