Designed by Porsche Group, the unconventional (when compared with many other mainstream SLR designs available during that time) RTS system proved to be an immediate hit once it was introduced. During the length of its production, the RTS went through further developments with the introduction of the Contax RTS II Quartz (1982) and Contax RTS III (1991). The RTS also incorporates features such as exposure compensation, depth of field preview, mirror lock-up., electronic self-timer, flash AE, interchangeable focusing screens, a 250 bulk film back within their model range to justify itself as a full-fledged 35mm professional system camera.
CONTAX RTS Standard for the Contax RTS series are the Zeiss Contax series of lenses, well known for their excellent optical quality and built, with prices beyond the norm. The Contax/Yashica lens mount is also adaptable to the Yashica ML series of lenses, which was produced for Yashica's own FX and FR SLR series. These lenses too, albeit a lower priced range when compare to the Zeiss, who do have their ardent followers too.
Contax RTS II Quartz
Contax RTS III
It was also the first to have a pre-flash spot meter which provides TTL flash meter readings with any flash equipment. The RTS III also boasted of several other notable features like a built-in motor drive, diopter control, automatic bracketing control, and multiple exposure capabilities.
Zeiss / Contax Lenses
Yashica ML Lenses
Contax RTS Series SLR Camera Models
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