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Contax Aria
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The final one - Aria - smallest and lightest of the Contax cameras.

Technical Data
Manufacturer
Yashica
Price  
Build 1998 ff.
Type 35 mm focal-plane type AFsingle lens reflex camera.
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Lens Mount Contax/Yashica MM mount
Shutter Vertical-travel focal-plane shutter.
Shutter Speeds 16 sec. - I /4000 sec. at =Av" and "P";
4 sec. - 1/4000 sec. at "TV";
B. X (1 /125 sec.), 4 sec. - 1/4000 sec. on manual.
Sync Contacts Direct X contact (synchronizing speeds 1/125 sec. or slower) provided with direct contact and sync terminal.
Self Timer Electronic self-timer; trips the shutter after 10 sec. delay.
Shutter Release Electronic release, provided with a special release socket.
Exposure Control (1) Aperture-priority auto exposure,
(2) Shutter-speed-priority auto exposure,
(3) Programmed auto exposure,
(4) Manual exposure,
(5) TTL auto-flash,
(6) Manual flash.
Metering System TTL evaluative metering/centerweighted average light metering/spot metering switchover.
Metering Range EV 2 - 20 (with an F1.4 lens and ISO 100 film)
Film Speed Range SO 25 - 5000 for automatic setting with DX code, lSO 6-6400 for manual setting.
AF Lock The quantity of light on the image surface is stored in memory.
Exposure Compensation +2 EV to -2 EV (can be set in 1/3-step increments).
A.B.C. Mode +0.5 EV/ +/- 1 EV exposure compensating values with A.B.C. lever.
Flash Light Control TTL direct light control.
Flash Synchronization In combination with dedicated flash, the shutter speed is automatically set when the flash is fully charged.
Automatic Flash Setting Possible in combination with dedicated flash capable of automatic flash setting.
Second Curtain Synchronization Possible in combination with dedicated flash capable of second curtain synchronization.
Viewfinder Pentaprism eye-level finder (long eye-point type)
  · Field of view 95%
  · Magnification 0.82X (with 50 mm normal lens at infinity, -1 D diop.)
Diopter Adjustment Eyepiece correction lenses can be attached (8 optional FL type diopter lenses)
Focusing Screen Horizontal split-image/microprism type (FU-4) (standard), interchangeable screens (FU type) are also available.
Viewfinder Display Flash mark,
shutter speed,
aperture value,
metering mark,
exposure warning mark,
exposure meter,
manual exposure mark,
exposure compensation mark,
exposure counter/self-timer remaining time/A.B.C. mode/film end
Display Panel Exposure counter/A.B.C. mode/film speed/self-timer remaining time/elapsed time on bulb exposure/custom function mark, battery warning mark, self-timer mark, continuous shooting mark, single-frame shooting mark multiple exposure mark
Film Loading Auto loading, film automatically advances to "01" on exposure counter.
Film Advance Automatic winding with built-in motor.
Film Rewind Automatic rewinding with built-in motor, automatic stop and mid-roll rewinding possible.
Drive Modes Single frame, continuous, self-timer, multiple exposure
Winding Speed Up to approx.3 fames/sec. on continuous shooting ("C" mode) (with a new battery, at ordinary temperature, as tested according to Contax testing standard).
Exposure Counter Display panel and viewfinder, both automatically resetting, additive type.
Accessory Shoe Direct X-contact (provided with TLA flash contact).
Custom Functions  (1) AE lock/unlock by depressing shutter release halfway
(2) Switching of A.B.C. shooting order
(3) Film end is not wound into the cassette
(4) Film not automatically rewound when film reaches end
(5) Film advance method
Camera Back Can be opened with camera back opening lever, detachable, with film check window
Power Source Two 3 V lithium battery (CR2).
Battery Check Automatic check, battery warning mark on display panel.
Battery Capacity About 90 rolls of 24-exposure film (with a new battery, at ordinary temperature, as tested according to Contax testing standard)
Other Details Aperture stop-down button
Dimensions 137 x 92.5 x 53.5 (W X H X D) depth excludes camera back and grip
Weight 460 g (excluding batteries)
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February 2018 On reCap

First roll of film pushed through - an Agfa Vista 400.
The camera works smooth and fine.
Using a Yashica ML 3.5/24mm lens it was a real pleasure.
Watch my blog or my Flickr page when pictures are going online.
June 2018 On reCap