Contax IIa Rangefinder Camera Video Review

In this review, I take a look at the iconic Zeiss Ikon Contax IIa rangefinder made in Stuttgart, West Germany between 1950 and 1951. My copy was recently CLA’d and it comes with a nice Zeiss Opton 50mm f/1.5 Sonnar T as well as Zeiss-Opton Biogon 35mm f/2.8 lens. I have taken photographs with both, and the lenses render beautiful, old school, contrasty and sharp images (examples photographs below were taken with Rollei Retro 80S film, which I find provides ample sharpness and detail). I like the camera because it sits well in my hand, is fairly light to use (actually, the manual calls it “miniature”), it only contains the necessary elements for photography, and is a fun to use. Even though their prices are less than Leica, they are considered by many to have been “competitors” during that time, and the mechanical construction is superb. A good CLA of any of them should bring them to the point where they can continue to be used for decades to come. Some Sample images included below….