[rollei_list] Re: OT: Contax II

  • From: Carlos Manuel Freaza <cmfreaza@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 12:51:42 -0800 (PST)

I already sent you the numbers Marc (please read your message below), anyway I 
send them again:

Contax II body # B 33268
Sonnar 1.5/50  # 2188792

I add now other data I read could be interesting:

Back s/n      # F 73888

Carlos 


--- El jue 6-nov-08, Marc James Small <marcsmall@xxxxxxxxxxx> escribió:

> Of course I am still interested!
> 
> Contax II B33268 is part of a batch of 3,000 such cameras,
> the fifth Contax II batch.  I would suspect that this camera
> was manufactured in late 1937, but that is only a surmise.
> 
> 1.5/5cm CZJ Sonnar 2188792 is part of a batch of 3,000 such
> lenses consturction of which ended on 13 DEC 1937.
> 
> As others have noted, the Kiev RF cameras are offshoots of
> the Prewar Contax II and III lines.  The lineage runs from
> Dresden, the location for the factory in which your camera
> was built, to the revived production line at Jena, whence
> the "Jena Contax" , and the Jena line was
> eventually moved to the Arsenal works at Kiev.  Some of the
> early Kiev II cameras were actually assembled at Jena with
> Cyrillic name-plates, and many of the early lenses also came
> from Jena, with Cyrillic number-rings.
> 
> As a result, parts are easily found for the Contax II, as
> they are still available NOS from the Arsenal works.  (The
> same situation does not exist for the Postwar Contax IIa and
> IIIa cameras:  with these, parts are becoming scarce as none
> have been produced in more than forty years.)
> 
> I would most strongly urge you to send the camera and lens
> to Eddie Smoloff in Brookly, NY.  Eddie was trained at the
> factory on Kiev RF repairs and has a full range of parts
> available.  Eddie is inexpensive, very professional, and
> astonishingly fast.  I have only heard good things about
> Henry Scherer but the delay in getting a camera back from
> him is simply unacceptable.
> 
> Marc
> 
> 
> 
> msmall@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> Cha robh bàs fir gun ghràs fir!
> 
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