How the Contax T2 Became the Most Expensive Point and Shoot Camera

The Contax T2 wasn’t exactly cheap to begin with, but a number of factors pushed it to become the trendiest and most expensive point and shoot film camera today. 

Most likely to the surprise of many, the Contax T2 took the spot as the most expensive (and hyped) point and shoot camera you can get your hands on today, that is if you can pay for it. In the last few years, prices for this premium camera have gone to insane levels, thanks in part to the renewed interest in film photography. The other part we can certainly tie to curious celebrities picking up the camera.

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Dear Zeiss: Please Bring Back the Contax T2 Film Point and Shoot Camera

The Contax T2 has proven itself to be an incredibly popular film camera. So why not bring it back?

In my mind, the film Renaissance is bigger than we’d like to think, but it can be even larger. When speaking to friends who handle sales in the film world, the sales of film itself isn’t necessarily up any more than it was compared to digital. However, the sales of Instax and instant film is really up there. With folks like Kendal Jenner and Chris Helmsworth using the Contax T2, people have been looking to get their hands on it. The prices on eBay skyrocket to $2,000 and even higher in some cases. Indeed, it is a popular film camera highly sought after partially due to its celebrity status. While many of us know that it’s not the camera that takes the picture (it’s the photographer, you dummy) there is certainly appeal about the Contax T2.

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The Digital Compact Camera Market Is Dying But the Contax T2 Is Over $1,000

Reports say compact camera sales haven’t been doing great, but there seems to be one compact camera that goes unfazed. And it’s probably one you wouldn’t have expected.

While overall camera sales are continuing to plummet, there are obvious winners (or at least those keeping afloat) and losers in the game this year so far. According to the latest Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) shipping report shared by 43rumors., mirrorless cameras are still on top of the game, while DSLR sales continued to decrease. And compact cameras? Well, they’re at the bottom of the pile.

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The Contax T2 Price Tag Is About to Skyrocket to Asgard

Film photographers, brace yourselves: the Contax T2 is going to get even more expensive as another famous celebrity picks one up.

If you’ve long been lusting after a Contax T2, you might have to think twice about getting it. Otherwise, grab it now before you need to shell out a lot more than you’re already set on spending. After Chris Hemsworth announced on Instagram that he’s gone “full hipster” and that he’ll shoot only with film from now on, the price tag of a T2 soaring to new heights isn’t a matter of if, but when.

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This Long Term Review Should Convince You to Get a Contax T2

As if you still need more reasons to get the coveted Contax T2.

Still haven’t made up your mind about getting a Contax T2? We totally get the indecisiveness since it has gotten a lot more expensive in recent years (thanks, Kendall Jenner). But if all you need is a little nudge to convince yourself, this long term review should finally make you decide you really need a Contax T2 in your film photography arsenal.

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Contax T2: The World’s Trendiest Compact Camera?

One of the most popular picks in the compact film camera scene, the Contax T2, has retained its allure almost three decades after being introduced. It was created with the professional market in mind, at a time when the “luxury compact” was in vogue in the 90’s. Its titanium body (for which the “T” stands for), sleek design, handy size, and excellent optics (an f2.8/38mm multi-coated Carl Zeiss T* Sonnar lens) cemented this superstar’s status in the photography world.

In fact, the last ten years or so still saw the Contax T2 being name dropped by international celebrities and celebrity photographers as their compact camera of choice. The latest of them is Kendall Jenner, who whipped out a rare platinum black Contax T2 on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon (photo blogs and groups were quick to slam her for doing photography now but that’s for another story).

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The Four Best Vintage Contax Cameras That Won’t Break the Bank

There’s more to the Contax brand than the insanely expensive cult compacts T2 and T3, as these cameras surely prove.

A good portion of film photographers today must be familiar with Contax through the insanely expensive and popular Contax T2 and T3 compact cameras. However, there’s more to the historic camera model-turned-brand that hails all the way back to 1932 Dresden. Whether you’re interested in scoring a more reasonably priced Contax or simply want to familiarize yourself with the other noteworthy models, we think this list will be of great use to you.

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This Rare Unused Contax G2 Set Is Going for a Ton of Money

If the Contax G2 is still on your film camera wishlist, you’d have to prepare a ton of cash to get it at conditions as pristine as this package.

Ever since the Contax brand name made it into the hands of wealthy celebrities (and thereby became a newsmaker in its own right), many of us saw Contax camera prices skyrocket. The T2 and T3 became the first obvious targets. We hate to say we told you so, but it’s now spreading to other models like the Contax G2 rangefinder camera. Case in point is this unused set that is currently going for a crazy amount of cash.

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This Mint Contax G2 Set is Poised to Burn a Hole Through Your Pocket

This beautiful 35mm rangefinder camera, which comes with three lenses and a flash, is going for a lot of cash. Want it? Ready your wallet!

Our latest ebay find is a beauty that’s difficult to ignore, if not for the possible hole it will burn through our pockets! But if you have some $5,500 to spare, this Contax G2 in sleek black, along with three lenses and a flash, would make an impressive addition to your analog arsenal — especially if 35mm rangefinder cameras with advanced features and functions are your thing!

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Review: Fujifilm X-T20 (Fujifilm X Mount)

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If you were to choose the most bang for your buck camera on the market right now, I’d have a very tough time making a call between the Fujifilm X-T20 and the Sony a650, but I’d lean more towards the Fujifilm offering. With fast autofocus and a selection of some absolutely incredible weather sealed prime lens offerings, in addition to image stabilized lenses, there isn’t much of a reason to dislike the Fujifilm X-T20. Beyond its very Contax film SLR ergonomics, it sports the same sensor as the flagship Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujifilm X Pro 2. Despite lacking the more direct controls of those cameras, it’s still more than good enough for most enthusiast photographers.

And for the videographer that wants some of the closest things available on the market to film emulsions, you’re probably not beating what this camera offers.

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Why the New Leica 50mm f1.2 Noctilux is Such an Important Lens

The Leica 50mm f1.2 Noctilux is a reissue of the classic vintage offering from Leica that was super hard to make.

Good news: the Leica 50mm f1.2 Noctilux is back! Today the company is announcing a reissue of the classic and much-loved lens. That, and the original is incredibly hard to get your hands on. The cool thing about the luxury world and the vintage world is that everyone is on the hunt. How many folks on eBay snipe the Contax T2? It’s why Rolex brought back the Submariner in the Tudor Black Bay. It’s also probably why Apple brought back the feel of their older devices. And the Leica 50mm f1.2 Noctilux manages to do a few things that modern lenses don’t.

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Hurry! The World’s Most Expensive Point and Shoot Is Under $1,000

With a bit of searching, you’ll snag a Contax T2 for under $1,000 right now.

The Contax T2 is, without a doubt, the most expensive point and shoot camera on the market. Depending on the cultural times, it shares that spot with the Contax T3. And right now, it’s possible to snag one at a price you can afford. Made famous by a bunch of celebrities and photographers both, the camera is a rarity. To this day, I’m still perplexed by why Zeiss didn’t reissue this camera.

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10 Popular Point and Shoot Film Cameras for the Compact Shooter

If your gear of choice has to be small, pocketable, and iconic, you might want to give these popular point and shoot film cameras a try.

We’ve all heard the sage advice that the best camera you have is the one with you, and for many people, it’s their smartphone. Others still prefer an actual camera, albeit a small one that they can bring everywhere, instead of a bulky DSLR. A mirrorless camera makes for an easy choice if you’re a digital shooter. If you’re curious about film cameras, you must have heard of two increasingly famous but also insanely expensive models: the Contax T2 and Yashica T4. But if those are way beyond your budget, you actually have plenty more options.

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This Black Fujifilm Klasse S Is Worth Adding to Your Premium Compact Wishlist

This pristine Fujifilm Klasse S will catch the attention of fans and collectors of premium compact cameras.

Move over, Contax T2, we’ve found a premium compact camera pricier, newer, and rarer than you. Luxury camera collectors and film photographers (with deep pockets), say hello to this Fujifilm Klasse S Black we recently spotted up for grabs on eBay. If you’re looking for the next pocketable beauty to splurge on, this could be right up your alley.

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Vintage Camera Review: Fujifilm Natura S (The Best Point and Shoot You’ve Never Heard Of)

The Fujifilm Natura S is quickly becoming my favorite point and shoot camera.

When you look on the market, you’re going to find stuff like Contax T2 to be very pricey. The chances that you’re not looking for the Fujifilm Natura S are high. But, the Fujifilm Natura S potentially has a lot more going for it than you’d think. This small point and shoot is easily pocketable and despite its very compact size, it sports a 24mm f1.9 lens. Yes, that’s right; that’s one of the widest and fastest lenses you can get on a point and shoot. It also comes in a variety of colors like green, the pink that I’ve gotten a hold of, and there is a variant called the Fujifilm Natura Black. There is also a version with a zoom lens simply called the Fujifilm Natura. But the Natura S is really where it’s at; its simple interface and not serious look is going to guarantee that you take it with you everywhere.

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Is the Hasselblad 500cm the Medium Format Film Camera for You?

Here’s why the Hasselblad 500cm may or may not be a great choice for you.

Want to give medium format film a go? Hasselblad cameras are among the most recommended and coveted cameras for this, especially the Hasselblad 500cm. If you found Aidan Moneyhon’s long term review of the Contax T2 helpful, you might also want to watch this one to find out if the Hasselblad 500cm is the right choice for you.

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The Compact Camera Deserves Much Better Than What We Have Now

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I’ve wanted a good compact camera for years. And I don’t just mean a fixed lens camera and a point-and-shoot camera. I’m specifically talking about something compact. If we’re discussing good point and shoots, there are lots to choose from. Everything worth discussing has an APS-C sensor or larger. The Canon G1X Mk III, Leica Q2, Fujifilm X100V, and the Sony RX1R Mk II are the big ones that come to mind. If the Panasonic LX1 Mk II were weather-resistant, I’d take it more seriously. And I think that’s the problem: we’re not taking the compact seriously enough. And that, in my theory, is because the folks in charge never took them seriously.

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The Leica Q2 Monochrom is One of their Best Cameras Yet

The Leica Q2 Monochrome has to be the most liberating camera currently on the market.

When I first used the Leica Q2, I was disappointed by the autofocus performance and a few other quirks. But that all improved over time–for the most part at least. And with the new Leica Q2 Monochrome, Leica has created the most liberating camera on the market. It takes the high ISO wars and slaps them in the face. It doesn’t bother too much with quibbles about the dynamic range. And it sure as heck doesn’t care about color depth. Instead, you’re getting pure sharpness, beauty, and freedom to shoot. At the heart of this camera is a Monochrome sensor. As I realized too late when testing the Leica M10 Monochrom, you don’t need to worry about high ISO noise. In this case, you’re embracing it. It can put out images that look like film developed with Rodinal. But beyond that, autofocus has also come a long way. Is it perfect? No, but this has to be the most refreshing camera that Leica has produced in 2020. And more importantly, it has to be my favorite camera of the year.

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5 Weird Vintage Cameras: One of These Gave Photographers Headaches

Everyone lusts after a few specific vintage cameras, but it’s the weird vintage cameras that have really cool tales.

Amongst the oddest cameras you’ve seen and owned, ask yourself, “What did they think when they designed this?” It’s true today that no camera maker makes an odd or bad camera, but there are surely questionable decisions that were made over the years. Early cameras were odd. Russian fakes of various cameras were even odder. And some were just so weird to work with that they were bound to give a photographer a headache. Today, we’re looking at a few bizarre vintage cameras that some folks adore, and some are happy to have gotten rid of.

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Popular Pentax Film Cameras Every Pentaxian Collection Should Have

If you consider yourself a true blue Pentaxian, you absolutely need these popular Pentax film cameras gracing your shelves.

With Pentax just having turned 100, we placed the spotlight on some of the company’s classic medium format cameras, rivaled only by a handful of competitors. Among the most popular of these are the Pentax 67 and the Pentax 645, which are also on our favorite 67 format and 645 format cameras. We decided to do a quick follow-up on those features with a rundown of other popular Pentax film cameras that should never go missing in a true blue Pentaxian’s collection. If you’re still building your own, this guide should be useful to you!

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The Point and Shoot Camera Can Succeed if You Make it Less Boring

Point and shoot film cameras could have survived if manufactures just stopped being so damn serious.

If we look at the trends when it comes to spending and even in how people consume content, we can tell that people click on and purchase what they really, really want and not necessarily what they need. This is evident in the fact that so many people don’t buy real cameras with zoom lenses and instead just do the whole digital zoom thing on their phones. But using a phone camera is fun–at a recent serious art event I saw a few young women stand in front of a neon sign for at least 10 minutes taking pictures of themselves. This is the dominant mentality–it’s about convenience and fun. I mean, come on–there’s an app called Huji that simulates what a disposable camera can do. But the truth is that the modern disposable camera just isn’t sexy. The further, not sugar coated truth, is that manufacturers are very busy creating cameras for an incredibly incestuous community.

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