Contax N1 35mm SLR Autofocus Film Camera

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Contax N1 35mm SLR Autofocus Film Camera

Contax N1 35mm SLR Autofocus Film Camera The N1 is a responsive professional tool complemented with a new line of simply brilliant optics. Durability, ergonomics and operation are all laudable for others to emulate.

The N1's moving parts such as dials and levers have been fitted with O-rings and rubber packing to repel dust and moisture intrusion. The body is entirely made of diecast aluminum alloy which is as rigid as one could desire.

The feel of the N1 is heavily influenced by its fellow professional Contax SLRs. If you are already familiar with the brand, operation will immediately be intuitive. If you've never experienced Contax's professional cameras, the key is simplicity. Contaxes do not come with a myriad of gadget-like gimmicks or over-engineered controls. They have what you need where you need it, in a straightforward manner that's impeccably easy to work with. Adjust shutter speeds or exposure compensation with their individual dials, or switch control to the command dial sensibly perched just underneath your shutter finger. Switch autofocus point selection with the two-stage button right at your right thumb. And do it all through a viewfinder that's better delineated than any conventional autofocus SLR, and on a par with professional manual focus SLR viewfinders.

The default lens for the new mount is the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5. This stellar optic feels and operates much like its manual focus Contax brethren. The image circle is enormous for a zoom lens of this range, resulting in minimal light falloff even when shooting at f/3.5 & 24mm. Color, contrast and out-of-focus characteristics are all on par with the absolute best of the revered Carl Zeiss T* line. Manual focus dampening is better than other autofocus lens manufacturer's efforts. Best of all, as on all the new autofocus lenses, there's no need to switch off of AF to modulate the focus.

5-point, 5-zone autofocus system: allows for full-time manual focus adjustment without switching off AF

Fine Focus Bracketing: captures a series of identically exposed photos with miniscule focus movements-very valuable to macro and still life shooters

3 Metering systems: Evaluative, Classic center weighted, Fine spot Exposure bracketing can vary by 1/3rd, 1/2 or full stops

Exposure bracketing: can vary by 1/3rd, 1/2 or full stops

Top shutter speed of 1/8000th second featuring 1/250th flash synchronization shutter speed Brilliant glass pentaprism: exclusively developed for the N1 has silver applied to reflective surfaces by vacuum deposition

Built-in viewfinder blind

Optional 1.5" LCD viewfinder display screen: shows previews of exposure variances and a choice of color or monochrome rendition

Informative Illuminated display panel

20 customable functions to individually tailor the N1's controls and operation to the user.



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Lens Mounts
  • Contax N
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/8000sec  
Shutter speeds longest 32sec  
B-setting Yes  
Self Timer No Data  
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
AE lock Yes  
  • Multi Pattern
  • Partial
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
ISO sensitivity 25 - 5000  
Exposure Comp +/-2  
Auto Exposure Bracketing + - 0.3 0.5 or 1  
Viewfinder field of view 95%  
Depth of field preview No Data  
Interchangable focusing screen No Data  
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 3.5fps  
Multiple exposure Yes  
Trigger Release Electronic (Cable)  
Flash Guide Number (ISO100/m) 0m  
Flash sync speed 1/125  
Flash modes
Flash sync socket
Flash compensation No Data  
Flash Range No Data  
Other Features
Number of Custom Functions No Data  
Power Source
Battery Type 2CR5  
Weight 795g  
Width No Data  
Height No Data  
Depth No Data





Contax N1 35mm SLR Autofocus Film Camera

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Contax N1 35mm SLR Autofocus Film Camera Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5