Is my Contax T2 dying?

Discussion in 'Modern Film Cameras' started by pedroffraga, Sep 5, 2020.

  1. Hi guys,

    This week, after months of no photographing activities, I went through my cameras (that I had been keeping away, with no batteries) again. After putting back the battery inside of my Contax T2, when I turned it on I noticed the lens was coming out slightly slower than what it used to. I even tried to compare the process' speed to some Youtube videos. Also, when I turned the camera off, the lens would also go away slower AND make a strange noise after coming back.

    I saw that the low battery sign was appearing on the display, so I got a new battery; but what I described above still keeps happening (although, of course, I can't see the low battery sign anymore)!
    The camera apparently still works flawlessly; I tried the 2 flash modes and multiple aperture choices (implying, then, in different speeds, which sounds appeared befitting to their numbers), albeit with no film.

    Still, I wonder if my Contax T2 is (electronically) dying, or if (trying to be optimistic here lol) there is some sort of internal component misaligned. I haven't found another person on the internet who's had this and came back to say how they fixed it (or if it was even the same problem).

    I recorded the turning on and off process and I uploaded the video here: Imgur: The magic of the Internet

    Thank you all for helping me!
  2. I had a T2, and then one day the lens refused to pop out. End of story, end of camera. Ever since then I have never considered buying a camera that uses that approach. The Contax T and Minox 35 which use human power to open the lens flap still continue to work to this day. I hope your T2 continues to work, but be prepared for the worst.
  3. My Contax TVS, a truly great camera, gave up the ghost years ago. I used it exclusively on a trip to India and Laos and got great pictures. I know I could buy a used one for $350, but since travel with film is so difficult and the camera can't be repaired I'll give it a pass. Unfortunately yours is more expensive.

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