The Contax T2 was a luxury compact rangefinder released in 1991, combing excellent image quality and controls that have since made it a desirable option for film aficionados. Contax no longer exists and T2s now sell for thousands of dollars. Why do they cost so much and are they worth the investment?
Jason Kummerfeldt of grainydays is the proud owner of a Contax T2 but this video explains why he only takes it out to shoot on very special occasions, despite the camera’s intended purpose as an everyday compact.
The T2 was always a popular choice but, as Kummerfeldt discusses, it received a massive spike in popularity when Kendall Jenner pulled one out to photograph Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show in February 2017 (full video here). Rather than being snapped up solely by film photography enthusiasts, the T2 suddenly became the choice of aspiring social media influencers. Prices certainly haven’t been helped when the likes of Chris Hemsworth tells his 45 million followers on Instagram that digital is dead, he only shoots on film, and his camera of choice is — you guessed it — the Contax T2.
Sadly, Contax as a brand disappeared in 2005 and spare parts for the T2 are not that easy to find. And expect to spend some money: a replacement back door will cost you $75.
Do you have a Contax T2? Are you clinging onto it in the hope that Taylor Swift one day takes a snap of Stephen Colbert and gives it another huge boost in price? Let us know in the comments below.