I have posted with this camera before, but with some urging from Rajmohan I decided it deserved another airing. You will have to forgive a certain "sameness" to my images here, but my duties as a dog walker and classic camera user tend to diverge, hence the familiar territory! Now the Contarex is a wondrous beast, all chrome and business like, quite formidable. I kind of like the engineers philosophy when building this camera...forget the cost, forget the weight,and forget the ergonomics...this is how we will do it! The result is a heavy, blocky beast, but with a beautiful finish and lustrous chrome. The German camera industry was at their peak around the time that this camera was made, as was their lenses. I still think that the optics from Zeiss and Leitz reached a point that has not really been surpassed. Unfortunately this is reflected in the cost of the lenses for the Contarex, so I'm stuck with the "poverty" pack of the 50mm Planar, 35mm Distagon and 135mm Sonnar. Anything more exotic comes with a frightening price tag. I would never consider the C'Rex to be my everyday camera, others will do a similar job with less effort, but the camera does remain a special part of my collection,and is one of the most "fondled". I have used all three lenses here, and the 35 and 50mm both focus very close, making them almost double as macro lenses. The no compromise to the engineering shows with these two, as both feature the aperture opening slightly as the lens extends to allow for light loss...very clever. Now for the camera and a few images.