CONTAX RTS Series – The Latest Technology for the Best Performance of Zeiss Lenses
The CONTAX RTS is a luxury SLR film camera manufactured by Yashica・CONTAX. This series features a stylish body designed by Porsche and delivers sophisticated functions and operations for mounting Zeiss lenses.
In 1975, the original RTS was released. It achieved a high-end digital operating system for that age.
The design concept of the computerization of cameras doesn’t only mean to spread a vision of the latest technology. Rather, the aim of digitalization is to make people feel comfortable. Releasing the shutter at the touch of a shutter release button (called as a feather-touch fingertip action) can effectively prevent from missing a shutter chance.
The RTS is recognized as a truly unique model, compared to other SLR film cameras made in Japan.
Now, I am going to introduce the luxury improved SLR film cameras, the RTS II and RTS III!
About the CONTAX RTS Series
Let’s take a look at each product of the CONTAX RTS series.
The common feature is a design concept that a camera meets people’s needs but not vice versa.
A modern design influenced by Bauhaus in Germany is very attractive!
An Original Model – The CONTAX RTS
In 1975, Carl Zeiss in Germany formed an alliance with Yashica in Japan to introduce a new line of CONTAX SLR cameras. The original RTS appeared with a flourish of trumpets!
Though the original RTS was produced by a Japanese camera manufacturer, it’s totally different from other conventional SLR cameras at that time.
In order to pull out all the potential of Zeiss lenses, it took advantage of electronic technology by Yashica. Then, the electronic shutter achieved a highly responsive.
As for performances and specifications, the RTS has an electronically-controlled horizontal cloth focal plane shutter with speeds of 4 – 1/2000 sec.
The high-end SLR cameras produced in 1975 were not always equipped with an aperture priority AE mode. As you might know, the Nikon F2 or Canon F-1 (a previous model) symbolized luxury SLR cameras around that time.
The original RTS is more or less comparable with the two cameras above, but you can see how it looked into the future.
A shutter release button has only a 0.7mm stroke, called as a feather-touch fingertip action. This quick response is based on what a camera can immediately and smoothly respond to people’s intentions.
The CONTAX RTS’s Operation Systems
I am going to show you the first RTS model’s operation systems.
When you are going to take a shot, the RTS provides all exposure settings on right side of the body.
To bring out a high performance of Zeiss lenses, the RTS also enables to change aperture easily depending on situations.
Please note that people use a camera.
So, a camera can be intuitive and easy to use for everyone.
This is exactly what the RTS is aimed at.
About the CONTAX RTS II
The CONTAX RTS II, an improved version of the original RTS, was debuted in 1982. At first glance, it might be a little bit hard to tell the difference between the two cameras. However, you will shortly realize that the RTS II has led to growth in reliability and robustness.
First of all, the cloth shutter curtain was replaced with the titanium one.
Next, the RTS II attained optional mechanical backup speeds (1/60 sec) to take the photo, as an electronic camera couldn’t work when the battery run out.
About the CONTAX RTS III
The final model of the RTS series, the CONTAX RTS III was introduced in 1990. Not only its appearance has greatly changed, but also a variety of specifications has been updated according to the times.
The top speed is 1/8000 sec.
In addition, the RTS III was capable of recording a five frame per second by combining a motor drive and body which were used separately.
The Real Time Vacuum System of the CONTAX RTS III
The Real Time Vacuum System, which keeps the film surface in its original place, is still a legendary topic among people today. To be precise, it can achieve a perfect high flatness by vacuuming a film to a ceramic pressure plate from behind.
The current DSLR cameras incorporate ultimately flat image sensors such as CCD and CMOS. However, the film cameras often use a film that is not strictly flat.
In general, a flatness of the film is a big issue, because photos taken by film cameras are supposed to be enlarged. Though many manufacturers had not placed much importance on this problem, CONTAX had faced up to it and finally achieved a flatness of the film in the RTS III. Accordingly, such a unique gimmick resulted in increasing its charm!
The CONTAX High-End Model with Steady Popularity
As above, the CONTAX RTS series has considered being the best camera in successive periods.
With reliable technologies, commercial strengths, and perfect operations, this innovative series can support the best possible performance of Zeiss lenses. Further, it is true that the stylish black body stimulates desires for possession.
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