A gorgeous unused RTS II
The 50th anniversary of the name "Contax" in 1982
brought the new and long awaited successor of the RTS. On first
glance the new RTS looked identical; the smooth Porsche design
had been left nearly unchanged, and the only clues to recognize
the RTS II quickly were the new electronic self-timer with its
red LED and the synch. socket on the camera's front. Most changes
were made inside the camera; a flash-TTL-control was added, the
shutter now was made of titanium blades, but the speed was left
nearly the same (RTS: 1/2000 - 15, RTS II: 1/2000 - 16). One
interesting improvement was made concerning the featured AE-lock:
Unlike the earlier AE-lock in the 139 and 137, now the EV instead
of the exposure time was stored. This meant if the AE-lock was
activated, the camera's electronics memorized the result of the
actual combination of aperture and shutter time. If you changed
the aperture AFTER the activation of the AE-lock, the camera
changed the exposure time accordingly in order to keep the measured
EV constant. Some other detail improvements were the larger field
of view (97% vs. 92%), and mechanical exposure time (1/50) in
case of battery failure. This is one fine manual focus traditionally
styled camera, and many people use it as a main or second camera
TYPE: 35mm SLR featuring electronically controlled Auto/Manual
exposure, focal plane shutter.
IMAGE SIZE: 24mm x 36mm.
LENS MOUNT: Contax/Yashica mount. Does not make use of MM lens
SHUTTER: Quartz-timed, electronically operated horizontal-travel
SHUTTER SPEEDS: Auto mode - 1/2000 to 16 sec. Manual mode - 16
settings of X,
1/2000 to 4 sec. and B. With dead battery - 1/50 sec. and B
SYNCH TERMINALS: X contact (1/60th), direct X, and synch terminal.
SELF TIMER: Quartz-timed electronic self-timer with 10 sec. delay.
LED on front flashes.
SHUTTER RELEASE: Real Time Electromagnetic Release System, aux.
via Release Socket (electronic)
EXPOSURE MODES: Aperture priority automatic exposure and manual
EXPOSURE CONTROL: TTL center-weighted metering at full aperture
using SPD (silicon photo diode).
EV range -1 to 19 at ASA 100. ASA film range 12 to 3200.
AUTO FLASH CONTROL: Direct TTL metering automatically coupling
with Contax TLA Auto Flash system via an SPD sensor. Synch speed
EXPOSURE CHECK BUTTON: Pressing button activates LED display
for 16 sec.
EXPOSURE COMPENSATION: +2 EV ~ -2 EV via exposure compensation
dial. 1/2 stop clicks
AE LOCK: Lever type
VIEWFINDER: Eye-level penta-prism - field shows 97% of picture
area. Magnification of .87x
Has viewfinder eyepiece blind lever.
FOCUSING SCREENS: Micro-prism standard - seven others available
- FS1~FS7 & FS41
VIEWFINDER DISPLAY: Aperture display, exposure compensation display,
shutter speed display, over-or-under-exposure display (red alpha-numeric
LED), TLA flash unit flash/ready signal (green).
FILM ADVANCE: With full stroke of 120 degree setting angle and
20 degree standoff position, or several short strokes. Features
film feed indicator and automatic winding capability with motor
drive or winder.
FILM REWIND: Film rewind crank-handle with clutch action, and
film rewind release button.
EXPOSURE COUNTER: Automatic resetting type. Until counter registers
1, camera will automatically set at shutter speed of 1/60 sec,
regardless, to facilitate advancing ease.
MULTIPLE EXPOSURES: Enabled by pressing film rewind release button.
ACCESSORY SHOE: Direct X contact, and accepts TLA Auto Flash
CAMERA BACK: Opens by pulling film rewind knob all the way out.
Provided with memo holder. Removable.
DEPTH-OF-FIELD PREVIEW BUTTON: Button type with lever that acts
as mechanical shutter release.
MIRROR LOCK: Lever operated.
POWER SOURCE: 6.2v silver-oxide battery(544 or PX28), or 6v alkaline-manganese
BATTERY CHECK: Indicated via steady or pulsating pattern of LED
display in the viewfinder.
OTHER FEATURES: Provided with couplings for motor drive and winder,
and with LED for Data Back.
SIZE AND WEIGHT: 142mm x 89.5mm x 50mm. 735 grams without battery.