139Q with the 45mm Tessar "pancake"
lens and replaced leather covers
The 139Q was the second camera that Contax produced. It arrived
in 1979 and had Quartz timed shutter speeds and other functions.
TTL flash was also introduced with this camera. A 45mm f2.8 Tessar
was introduced specifically to mate with the 139Q and provide
the smallest top quality SLR in the world. Other new features
included an AE lock which stored the metered shutter speed, and
a faster flash sync (1/100th sec.). It is a nice lightweight
camera for use as a backup body or even a main body for non-professional
TYPE: 35mm SLR featuring auto/manual exposure; direct TTL auto
LENS MOUNT: Contax/Yashica Mount.
SHUTTER: Quartz-timed, electronically operated vertical-travel
metal focal-plane shutter. Speeds continuously variable on AUTO
from 1/1000 to 11 seconds. Manual shutter speeds from 1/1000
to 1 sec, plus X at 1/100 and B. X-synch.
SHUTTER RELEASE: Real Time Electromagnetic Release System featuring
quartz-timed operating sequence. Aux. Remote release via electronic
SELF-TIMER: Quartz-timed electronic self-timer with 10 sec. delay.
LED flashes during operation and accelerates 2 sec. before shutter
EXPOSURE CONTROL: TTL via SPD cell; center weighted. EV 0 to
EV 18 at ASA of 100 w/1.4 lens.
EXPOSURE CHECK: Button on front of camera lights LED array in
viewfinder; 10 sec. shutoff.
EXPOSURE COMPENSATION: +-2EV via exposure compensation dial that
locks at X1 setting. Exposure memory via AE lock lever.
AUTO FLASH CONTROL: TTL flash control system. Automatic 1/100
synch. With TLA system.
VIEWFINDER: Fixed eye-level penta-prism with horizontal split-image/micro-prism
focusing screen; field shows 95% of the picture area, .86x magnification.
VIEWFINDER DISPLAY: Auto/Manual LED dot shutter speed display,
aperture readout window, exposure compensation indication, LED
flash data indicator, LED over/under exposure warning. AE lock
FILM ADVANCE: Single-frame advance with rapid-advance lever.
135 degree setting angle, 30 degree rest. Film rewind via rewind
release button and crank.
MULTIPLE EXPOSURE: Via multiple exposure button that disengages
film counter.( It is the exposure compensation lock button. Hold
forward while cocking shutter.)
OTHER FEATURES: Couplings for exclusive 139 Winder and TLA auto
flash, 139 Data Back, DOF preview button.
POWER SOURCE: Two 1.5v silver-oxide batteries, EV S76 or equivalent.
BATTERY CHECK: Via exposure check button.
SIZE & WEIGHT: 135 x 85.5 x 50mm (5 5/16 x 3 3/8 x 2 inches);
500 grams (16.1 oz)