These two cameras are often described as
sisters, meaning they are related by their core design, with outward differences and slightly changed performance. The following table is a comprehensive list of the differences. Where these relate to performance/construction (rather than control layout), those cells are highlighted.
|Contax 139 Quartz||Yashica FX-D Quartz|
|Top plate construction.||Metal.||Plastic impregnated with glass fibres.|
|Viewfinder brightness.||Mirrored pentaprism results in the viewfinder being a bit brighter.||Conventional pentaprism.|
|Viewfinder information.||Selected aperture shown.|
|Depth of field preview.||Available.|
|Reflex mirror||An additional small pneumatic shock absorber makes the return of the mirror smoother.|
|Shutter speed control.||On the users left side surrounding the rewind crank.||On the users right side surrounding the shutter release.|
|Shutter speeds available on
|Semi-continuously variable from 11 seconds to 1/1000th.||Semi-continuously variable from 1 second to 1/1000th.|
|AE lock||The lock switch must be held in the
|The lock switch click-stops to the
onposition, and must be returned to the
offposition after use to prevent battery drain.
|Self-timer.||No audible warning.||Has an audible warning, which sounds during operation.|
|Self-timer switch.||Surrounding the self-timer LED.||Surrounding the meter switch forming a stage of the AE lock setting lever.|
|Film advance||The film advance lever employs a ball bearing that makes it smoother to operate.|
|135° advance with 30° rest position.||130° advance with 20° rest position.|
|Multiple exposures.||The exposure compensation lock also functions as a multiple exposure switch. When pushed and held forwards, the film advance lever will re-set the shutter without advancing the film or frame counter.|
|Frame counter.||Front of film advance lever.||Right of film advance lever.|
|Film speed control.||On the users right surrounding the shutter release.||On the users left surrounding the rewind crank.|
|Film speed range.||Max 3200 ASA.||Max 1500 ASA.|
|Min 12 ASA.||Min 25 ASA.|
|Flash photography||With a dedicated TL-20 auto flash unit the correct exposure is determined by a second SPD that measures light off the film plane.||With a dedicated CS-201 auto flash unit the correct exposure must be set manually.|
|Flash sync., terminal||On the front left of the camera.|
Clearly these two cameras were designed to appeal to different markets. The Contax is the better specified camera, with more advanced features that will appeal to the discerning photographer, but I don't feel that makes the Yashica a poor man's Contax. I really like the Contax, but I also like the Yashica, with its more conventional control layout, and bright viewfinder.
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