Hi there. I just bought a nice Contax 137MA camera along witha very nice Planar 1.7. Problem is the ASA dial will not move past ASA 400. What could that be? Any ideas, suggestions, please? And yes, I lift the outer ring before turning it, but it will not move beyond the mark just before 400 ASA, no matter how hard I try. According to this cameras specs, it supports speeds from 12 to 3200 ASA.
I bought this camera to shoot 800 ASA film, so I am stuck...
Thanks a lot!
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Re: Contax 137ma ASA will not move...
I have a very vague memory (I used to sell cameras many years ago) that there is a stop at ASA 400 to prevent you accidentally selecting a faster speed. I do remember something of the sort on a camera of that era but it may not have been the Contax. IIRC, you have to lift the dial a *second* time (i.e. a bit higher) to get it past the stop. Hope this helps but it may be a red herring!
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On the ASA dial ( left side of the camera ) there is a small lever that can be moved up and down. Try moving it and while you hold the lever in the up position press down the rewind knob which should move down.
The 80s 167MT uses good old fashioned mechanical links between the camera body and lens. Remove the lens, and press the depth of field button. If you don't see the lever that connects the aperture control from in the camera body to the lens move, then something's obviouly broken in the camera body.
That can be a problem. The ASA dial has a post that links to another ring under the top cover. The ring under the cover is spring loaded via a tungsten cable that travels the span of the top of the camera to the rewind side. If you are not careful, the cable could break.
To get to the dial, unscrew the cap screw that holds the film advance lever on. The cap screw has 2 small holes for a specific tool, but small needle nose pliers with fine points will work. The lever can be removed with 2 washers along with it. You can now see the retaining nut for the dial. It is best to set the dial at 'B', 3200 ASA. Use the same pliers to remove the nut. The dial can be removed at this point. Best to lift it on the far side near the edge of the top. If the dial itself is damaged, I probably have a good used one. The ring under the top has a notch for the ASA dial post, at rest it should be at about 10:00 oclock. With the ASA dial still set at B/3200, lean the post into the notch and slowly turn it counter-clockwise till the ASA dial can be seated fully. Reassemble the other parts in the reverse order.
Any way you want. The problem with fungus is that it etches the glass, which then has to be replaced. Unless you can find a stockpile of Contax 50mm f/1.7 Planar T* lenses for a replacement part, you'll have to buy another lens.
Let alone the recalibrating after replacing the lens element.
The dial on the top does nothing to the flash. It's just a guide, like a simple ruler.
Example: You just set your ASA/ISO (Yellow Line) to Orange DIN/ASA Number to match your camera's ASA/ISO. Then just read those Scale of F Stops to outside to get FT/M (Feet or Meter).
The true meter from flash is on Handle of flash: Set Orange Horizontal Line to ASA/ISO Number to match camera. Set Left Slider, push up & down, to the F Stop that you wanted to shoot. You have 6 Auto Sensor F Stops 1 for M (Motordrive) 1 for W (Winder)
Hope they are helpful on all photographers using Metz 60CT-1 Flash.