In some cases of obscurity or rarity, it makes sense to collect information about a classic camera or lens into one place. However, for other cases of considerable fame or notoriety, there is little point to it. The Contax rangefinder camera is one of the latter cases. Its fame and influence is well documented and a simple reference to a Wiki summary at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contax is enough to lead to many hours of good reading. So what I will document here is my long-term and on-going interest in the camera with a few reminders about things I personally find interesting. It is just too bad for you that this still does not result in a shorter post. So a few facts and the reason for this post. The Contax was Zeiss's response, of course, to the Leica. It was introduced in a fairly basic, all-black form as the Contax (I) in 1932. To increase its attractiveness, a Contax II model was introduced in 1936. This model and the version with a built-on (not in) meter, the Contax III, were available only in the then more chic nickel/chrome finish. So far as I know, most, perhaps even all, Contaxes of these times in black are the result of re-branding the early Kiev models that were built on the original machinery, often by the original workers, and sometimes with original Zeiss parts. Here, on the left, is a rare, all black Contax II - must have come to Kiev, whence I bought it, as war booty.~ On the right is what it eventually evolved into -- a later model Kiev 4AM.