The Contax S2 was introduced as a commemorative of the 60th
year of Contax cameras. It's namesake, the Contax S was the world's
first successful 35mm SLR. The Contax S2 is a very deliberate
camera. It offers no automation, other than a diode light meter
coupled to a spot meter. It is a simple camera with a mechanical
shutter that provides shutter speeds up to 1/4000 second and
a 1/250 second X sync.
TYPE: 35mm SLR manual camera with focal plane shutter.
IMAGE SIZE: 24mm x 36mm.
LENS MOUNT: Contax/Yashica mount. Does not make use of MM lens
SHUTTER: Mechanical focal-plane, vertical-travel metal shutter.
SHUTTER SPEEDS: 1 sec. to 1/4000th and B.
SYNCH TERMINALS: X contact that synchs below 1/250 sec..
SELF TIMER: Mechanical self-timer with 10 sec. delay.
SHUTTER RELEASE: Mechanical with cable release socket.
EXPOSURE CONTROL: Manual with TTL spot metering using SPD (silicon
photo diode). EV range 4 to 20 at ASA 100. ASA film range 12
VIEWFINDER: Eye-level penta-prism - field shows 95% of picture
area. Magnification of .82x.
FOCUSING SCREENS: Horizontal split-image micro-prism standard.
VIEWFINDER DISPLAY: Set shutter speed and correct shutter sped
FILM ADVANCE: Lever operated with 135 degree wind angle, 30 degree
FILM REWIND: Film rewind crank-handle, and film rewind release
EXPOSURE COUNTER: Automatic resetting type. Advances to start
when cover opened
MULTIPLE EXPOSURES: Enabled by turning multiple exposure lever.
ACCESSORY SHOE: Direct X contact only.
CAMERA BACK: Opens by pulling film rewind knob all the way out.
Provided with film check window.
DEPTH-OF-FIELD PREVIEW BUTTON: Button type.
MIRROR LOCK: None.
POWER SOURCE: Two LR44 1.5v alkaline or two SR44 1.55v silver
BATTERY CHECK: Automatic on pressing the shutter release halfway.
Viewfinder LED's slow to indicate low battery, don't light at
all with dead battery.
SIZE AND WEIGHT: 134.5mm x 89mm x 51mm. 565 grams without battery.