Contax AX in near mint condition with the original box, manual, leather case, strap and lens cap. Attached is a 50mm 1.4 Carls Zeiss Planar lens!
The AX was produced by Kyocera who took indirect stewardship of the CONTAX brand following their purchase of Yashica in 1983. Unable to convince Carl Zeiss, the CONTAX brand licensee, to create a range of autofocus lenses, Kyocera decided that if the lenses wouldn’t autofocus, they would make a camera body that did so instead.
The AX was released in 1996 and it remains the only camera ever produced that can autofocus manual focus lenses.
The Contax AX has a unique autofocus system that worked with manual focus lenses by moving the film plane inside the camera. A side benefit of this arrangement is that it allowed the AX to feature a macro mode which worked much like a built-in 10 mm extension tube, allowing for a magnification ratio higher than 1:1 without the use of bellows or extension tubes. By using of a special adaptor made by Kyocera, Hasselblad V-series lenses could also be used on all Contax C/Y mount cameras. Thus users could perform auto-focus of Hasselblad V-series lenses with AX.
~Perfect for a beginner through to professionals!
Overall condition - 9.5/10
~Example photos can be found here
~Film for this camera can be found here
This camera has been cleaned, mechanically tested and is in full working condition. Light seals are replaced when necessary.
- We gladly accept returns within 30 days of delivery or pick up if the item arrives defective outside of the detailed conditions when purchased or if any initial defects are present upon receiving the item.