|Zeiss Ikon Contessa LKE|
After running one roll of film through this camera, I was very pleased with this camera. It is easy to use, fits in my jacket pocket and is a suitable camera to use as a walk-around camera (i.e. one I take with me when I am not particularly wanting to take photographs but prefer to have a camera to hand just in case). It is not obtrusive and I have found it to be excellent for street photography.
18 September 2012:In the five months that I have owned this camera, this camera has grown on me. My hands have now learnt where the controls are so I no longer have to look and think. This probably happens quite quickly if you only use one camera but I have several that I use frequently.
The exposure indicator is clear in the viewfinder - the arrow for the shutter speed less so. The exposure indicator is repeated on the top plate but this is not really useful.
I have a tendency to carry cameras in my pocket and that generates two problems with this camera. Firstly, the shutter release gets accidentally pressed. This is easily cured by not winding the film on until immediately before pressing the shutter release. The second problem is that the delayed action lever gets moved which means that it takes a while to take the next picture. This is made worse by the fact that the delayed action mechanism does not work very well any more. It grinds its way through the nominal eight seconds with numerous pauses that necessitate manual assistance.
The rangefinder is reasonably clear in use but as I take mainly landscapes, I keep the camera focussed on the hyper-focal distance (which at f8 is twenty feet).
I really like the recessed rewind lever on the base. This is a good two centimetres long - much longer than the rewind lever on most 35 mm cameras. It is easy to use and fairly fast.
The only really awkward part of using this camera is setting the film speed. As I only set this rarely (I generally use APX100 film so I only reset the film speed when I use a different film) it is not a problem.
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