Contax md 137 quartz is something of a transitional camera that featured automatic exposure and an in body motor drive.
Contax licensed and manufactured by Yashica I don’t have any complaints about it though if it hadn’t been for the Tamron lens that came with it mentioned in the previous blog I may well have passed – glad I didn’t though as it’s a nice little camera.
The photo is a stock photo as I’m in the process of removing and “ reskinning” mine.
You either feel as though Tamron’s foray into the “adaptall” mounting system was a worthy no brainer or something of a novelty.
Either way though it’s difficult to deny the quality, the IQ of some of the adapt all lenses.
One such lens being the 35-80 macro that has garnered something of a cult following.
My copy is the SP 2.8-3.8mm CF Macro model made in Korea – two things that might create a hesitancy in prospective buyers are that it isn’t what would generally be considered a fast lens and the fact that it was manufactured in Korea.
A big mistake in my opinion if either are seen as a deterrent -fast is good but come on now if you know more than auto modes this lens can excel.
That’s excel as in macro or general photography – great color, sharp, and solidly constructed – all qualities we look for in a lens……not to mention seriously easier on the pocketbook than many a newer lens.
So what’s not to like unless you avoid vintage lenses as though they are an alien species?
I got mine along with a Contax 137md quartz camera, camera bag, 62 mm filter, manuals, and a flash for $40 at of all places a Habitat recycling store.
$4, $40, or $400 if this lens didn’t perform it would be out the door as I readily admit to historically not being much of a Tamron fan.
As per the norm in the blog I encourage people to bear in mind I offer my personal opinion when it comes to photo gear and to do the math for themselves.
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