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★★★★★

“The RX is my favourite Contax body and one that...”

Written on: 20/11/2001 by Meryl Arbing. (1 review written)

Good Points
Contax RX is extraordinarily well made, excellent Zeiss lenses, thoughtfully laid out controls, Digital Focus and DOF Indicator in viewfinder to aid manual focus, better than average battery life, super quiet shutter and film advance.

Bad Points
none that I can find. Those that expect the DFI to be as fast as dedicated AF Cameras may be disappointed but when used as a focus confirmation it provides just enough information. It is still a manual focus camera but I like that.

General Comments
The RX is my favourite Contax body and one that displays all of the quality you have come to expect from the Contax marque. The body is exceptionally well balanced even with the longest of my Zeiss lenses and I have had no trouble handholding it with a telephoto.

The Digital Focus Indicator is like having the brains of an autofocus camera but without the motors to turn the lens. That task is left to the photographer. When I first got the camera I had the tendency to look at the DFI in the viewfinder rather than the focus screen but then I realized that it worked better if I used the DFI as a focus confirmation. In that mode, focussing manually and then confirming, the system works quite briskly. One excellent addition is the electronic DOF indicator which allows the photographer to know whether his subject is within the DOF of his lens without having to take his eyes off the viewfinder.

The camera has average and spot metering and about the best flash control in the Contax line especially when the camera is teamed with the Contax TLA360 flash which I also have.

I have been exceptionally pleased with the shots I have taken with the Contax RX and recommend it without reservation.