167MT with the P5 battery grip
1987 brought the Contax 167MT into the Contax line. It was
a multi-mode SLR with an integrated three frame per second motor
drive. The 167MT incorporated the world's first Automatic Bracketing
Control (ABC) system, as well as optional spot or center weighted
averaging metering. A new feature for Contax is that it now rewinds
the fim using the motor; you have to press a button first, though,
with the reasoning that you might be in a place where you didn't
want the camera making all that rewind noise and would be in
control of it. The first motorized bodies (137's) were manually
rewound. It also automatically advances the film to the first
frame after loading. It uses an LCD panel on the left side and
a slide switch on the right side to view and control most functions.
It was the third integrated motor camera body, the second to
use rubber coatings on the body and the second to use the new
MM lens mount. It also has an LCD panel at the top of the viewfinder
to give the user the shooting information. I personally find
the viewfinder display hard to see and on mine it disappears
completely when turned vertical. It uses a capacitor internally
to provide backup power to the LCD panels in case the main battery
has to be changed mid-roll. If the capacitor gives out, it is
only replaceable at the factory. If it is dead and you pull the
main battery out mid-roll, the camera will lose its place and
when you put the battery back in, it will advance the film three
frames and set the counter back to 1. This isn't much of a problem,
as there is a battery indicator, and you can change the battery
when you don't have film in the camera. * I just found out from
Kyocera that it isn't a battery and that mine was just discharged
from sitting in the box without batteries in it!
TYPE: 35mm SLR featuring Auto/Manual exposure, focal plane
IMAGE SIZE: 24mm x 36mm.
LENS MOUNT: Contax/Yashica mount. Makes use of MM lens shutter
SHUTTER: Quartz-timed, electronically operated vertical-travel.
SHUTTER SPEEDS: Auto mode - 1/4000 to 16 sec. Manual mode - 1/4000
to 16 sec. and B.
SELF TIMER: Quartz-timed electronic self-timer with 10 sec. delay.
LED on front flashes. Exposure counter counts down from 10.
SHUTTER RELEASE: Electromagnetic release with aux. Release Socket
EXPOSURE CONTROL: Exposure mode is set with operating lever while
pressing mode button.
1 - Standard programmed auto exposure.
2 - Programmed high-speed auto exposure. (high shutter speeds)
3 - Programmed low-speed auto exposure. (low shutter speeds)
4 - Shutter-priority auto exposure.
5 - Aperture-priority auto exposure.
6 - Manual exposure.
7 - Programmed TTL auto-flash.
8 - Aperture priority TTL auto-flash.
9 - Manual type TTL auto-flash.
10 - Manual flash.
METERING SYSTEM: TTL center-weighted metering/TTL Spot metering
with TTL spot metering
LCD in viewfinder; TTL center-weighted direct light metering
with TLA flash. SPD cell.
METERING RANGE: EV 0 ~ EV 20 with 1.4 lens and 100 ASA film.
FILM SPEED RANGE: ISO 25-5000 in DX auto mode. ISO 6-6400 in
manual mode. Film speed is displayed in display panel by pressing
FLASH SYNCHRONIZATION: X contact only; as soon as flash is fully
charged, shutter speed switches to 1/125 sec. with dedicated
flash, 1/125 sec. or slower in manual mode.
AE LOCK: Quantity of light is stored in memory.
EXPOSURE COMPENSATION: +2 EV ~ -2 EV click stops in 1/3 steps.
AUTOMATIC CONTINUOUS EXPOSURE COMPENSATION: Via compensation
value setting lever.
VIEWFINDER: Eye-level penta-prism - field shows 95% of picture
area. Magnification of .82x
Has viewfinder eyepiece blind lever.
FOCUSING SCREENS: Horizontal split-image micro-prism standard
- four available - FU3~FU6
VIEWFINDER DISPLAY: Exposure compensation, shutter speed/film
speed, aperture, exposure counter, elapsed time and remaining
time, spot metering mark, program mode, flash symbol.
DISPLAY PANEL: Shutter speed/film speed, aperture, exposure counter,
elapsed time and remaining time, shooting modes, ISO speed, film
FILM WINDING: Automatic film loading with micro-motor.
FILM REWIND: Automatic rewinding with rewind release button and
Automatic stop when rewinding is completed, film can be rewound
EXPOSURE COUNTER: Automatic reset, additive counter displayed
in both display panel and viewfinder; shutter operates at 1/125
sec. until film advances to 1.
MULTIPLE EXPOSURES: No provision.
ACCESSORY SHOE: Direct X contact, and accepts TLA Auto Flash
DRIVE MODE: Single frame, continuous and self-timer shooting
switch-able with drive mode selector; continuous shooting up
to 3 fps. CAMERA BACK: Opens with camera back release lever on
side. Provided with film check window and film transport signal
(a twirling white bar).
DEPTH-OF-FIELD PREVIEW BUTTON: Button type.
MIRROR LOCK: None provided
POWER SOURCE: 4 1.5v AAA-size batteries. Built-in Lithium battery
backup for LCD. 4 AA with accessory battery holder P5.
BATTERY CHECK: Activated by pressing ISO button and Mode button
at the same time.
OTHER FEATURES: Contacts for Data Back D7.
SIZE AND WEIGHT: 149mm x 91.5mm x 51.5mm. 620 grams without battery.