A month ago I bought the Contax 645 with the 80mm lens. It was the day before I left for Florida with my family. I know it is not recommended to take an unknown camera on a trip, but it was also the perfect time to see how it preforms.
I bought the Contax 645 for a couple reasons. One is the dreamy lens, another is the auto focus and the last major reason is the shutter speed goes up to 1/4000 sec. These speeds are pretty rare for a medium format camera. Medium format film is outstanding, I find myself using it more and more.
The auto focus works predictable which is all I can ask for. I don't even know how the continuous focusing mode works, I don't shot that way. Auto focus is slow and I never even bothered with trying to focus in the dark yet. I suppose my expectations are not high either. I am very happy that it takes tack sharp exposures. The auto focus will not be the tricky part. It will be the shallow depth of field that will cause more focus issues, especially when photographing more than one person, or if a head is turned then both eyes will not be in focus. Sometimes I forget to adjust the aperture and depth of field to correct this. I am learning.
Before if I wanted a photo of myself I would focus on a marker, like a branch or something head height. Then I would have my wife hold the camera still while I would align myself with the marker so my face would be in focus. Then - ch-chunk - she would depress the shutter and I would get a picture. I am embarrassed by this run around type of process, but was needed as manual focusing is not for everyone. With the Contax 645 and its auto focus my wife can do everything now. Win Win.
Although I still find the exposure with my Pentax Spot Meter sometimes when handing the camera over the aperture ring on the lens gets turned... and then the picture is poorly exposed. So the new process is not without an occasional flaw. This is what it looks like when film is exposed wrong - flat, poor colour reproduction and saturation - but it is somewhat salvageable and somewhat looks like a colour filter people buy for Lightroom or use on their phones. Which is funny in a way - most "film" looking colour packs look like film that is exposed wrong. Which is not a bad thing, they have very unique looks which is one reason I use them when I shoot digital.
This camera will be taking over photo duties from the Hasselblad for the next while. I am loving the photos that I am achieving. I can't wait to take more.
A photo of some Miami towers and the old Miami Herald building. Seems to be a pretty fitting photo depicting the demise of print media in the internet age.