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The Contax T2 was renowned for its Carl Zeiss T* multi-coated Sonnar 2.8/38 lens comprising 5 elements in 4 groups and user friendly controls. While it offered full automation, including Autofocus and Program AE, the Contax T2 was one of the most readily user-controllable cameras of its era, featuring Aperture Priority AE selection on a dial on the retracting lens body, and manual focus on a thumb dial. Exposure compensation of +/-2 EV in 1/2 EV steps is controlled by a dial at the top left and the EV compensation is given in a small window. Shutter speed and focus lock confirmation is given in the viewfinder.
|Film||35mm (135 cartridge)|
DX ISO 25 - 5000
Non-DX default ISO 100
|Lens||Carl Zeiss T* Sonnar 38mm F/2.8|
|Aperture||F/2.8 - F/16|
|Shutter Speed||8s - 1/500s|
|Exposure Compensation||+/-2 EV in 1/2 EV steps|
|Battery||1 x 3V CR123 or equivalent|
Width 119mm x Height 66mm x Depth 33 mm
The Contax T2's closest rival was the Leica Minilux. It is of a similar specification, design philosophy, size and weight.
- The Program AE mode is the same setting as Aperture Priority F/2.8. Therefore, the camera cannot be shot wide-open unless the exposure level demands it.
- Flash can only be used in Program AE mode.
- Like the Contax T before it, the Contax T2 lacks an accessory/hotshoe.
- The viewfinder can be used with both eyes open, but it is hard to use while wearing glasses.