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Was the Contax S2 and S2b made by Cosina

Fernando McSoto , Dec 16, 2005; 02:42 p.m.

Cosina has made SLRs cameras (and now rangefinder cameras) for a lot of different brand including its own Cosina and Voigtlander brand. That was the case of the Olympus OM2000, the Nikon FM10, the Nikon FE10, the Voigtlander VSL 42, the VSL 40, the Bessaflex TM, etc, etc. Looking at the pictures of the Contax S2 and Contax S2b I have realised that the Contax look like being part of the same family. That the Contax is made of Titanium is not an issue since Cosina has not made only cameras made of plastic. The lightmeter of the Contax seems to be a similar LED meter. Everything technically looks like camera made by Cosina. Only the shutter seems to be different and is not one of the three shutters put in Cosina's cameras.

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Fernando McSoto , Dec 16, 2005; 02:44 p.m.

Have a look at this link to see how similar the Contax S2b is to a Cosina. <http://www.johnstons.org/roy/photo/s2b>

Fernando McSoto , Dec 16, 2005; 02:53 p.m.

The compare it to the Bessaflex TM in Stefen Gandy's website <http://www.cameraquest.com/voigtFlexTM.htm> and to thhe say the Nikon FM10 <http://nikonimaging.com/global/products/filmcamera/slr/1995-1999/fm10/index.htm>

Robert Budding , Dec 16, 2005; 03:30 p.m.

They both look like SLR's to me. Is *that* all you have to support your claim?

Robert

Vincent DiPietro , Dec 16, 2005; 04:00 p.m.

I own and use the Contax S2. I have heard that it was made in the Cosina factory but I couldn't say for sure. It is a splended camera and it exhudes quality. Whether it is better than the Nikon FM2 or fm3a remains to be seen. It certainly is more solid than the Yashica FX3 Super 2000 or the Oly OM2000 or the Nikon FM10. By the way the film advance on my S2 broke and I had to send it to TOCAD for repair. They fixed it but did a rather sloppy job, and it took 2 and a half months to get it back. I just thought someone might want to know.

Andrew Robertson , Dec 16, 2005; 06:29 p.m.

The top deck has that Cosina look to it.

Andrew Hall , Dec 16, 2005; 07:41 p.m.

>The top deck has that Cosina look to it.

I guess Cosina even made (or at least gave the "looks" to) the Nikon FE from 1978, huh?

Robert Budding , Dec 16, 2005; 07:42 p.m.

Cosina look? Cosina is the company that Zeiss chose to manufacture the new Zeiss Ikon. That cmaera has a very elegent look.

RObert

Andrew Hall , Dec 16, 2005; 07:47 p.m.

No, wait...the Nikkormat EL from 1972 was made by Cosina too, right?

Andrew Hall , Dec 16, 2005; 07:57 p.m.

>The lightmeter of the Contax seems to be a similar LED meter.

Darn, here's another proof of Cosina making the Nikon F2 Photomic AS camera (or at least the DP-12 finder) from 1977:


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