Taken with the Contax t3
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First Roll with the Contax T3

February 16, 2015

I feel like I’ve had the Contax T3 for quite a while already. I feel fairly familiar with it, I’m half way through putting together a review of it, yet I’ve only just finished the first roll. In some ways this might not make sense, but from the perspective of it being fit for my purpose, it makes a lot of sense to me.

I shall go into this a little – or more likely a lot – more detail in my review, but for now I shall just say that the reason I bought this camera was as a carry everywhere – always in my pocket – camera. It might seem strange that with all the cameras I have I don’t already have one of these, but quite genuinely, quite frequently, this is something I feel I am lacking. But more on that in due course…

For now, here are a few disparate shots from the first roll. I am, thankfully, considering what the damned thing cost me, very pleased with what I am seeing so far.

So here we are, a roll of Illford XP2, shot over the last few weeks with the Contax T3 :


Contax t3 - first roll

Missed focus a little perhaps, not that it detracts from the feel of the photo I don’t think. There sure is some resolving power to that Sonnar


Contax t3 - first roll

A ditch – taken whilst walking the Dogs


Contax t3 - first roll

I slid down the weir on my bum once when I was in my early 20’s – tip: dont slide down weirs on your bum, you might hurt your coccyx and not be able to sit down for 3 weeks


Contax t3 - first roll

it was a miserable dull day


Contax t3 - first roll

One day i’ll get a good shot of someone crossing this bridge. I have loads of shots like this


Contax t3 - first roll

Arna looking smug, her sister lost her clothes and for once in her annoying life is feeling the cold.


Contax t3 - first roll

I have taken this shot a few times too


Contax t3 - first roll

Ales in the new dark room


Contax t3 - first roll

Connie with one of her friends


Contax t3 - first roll

Connie in Bill’s being trouble


Contax t3 - first roll

Always blowing bubbles – The flash might be a little strong here


Contax t3 - first roll

A view across the canal I walk to on the way to work every day


Contax t3 - first roll

The same canal, another day, a little frozen


Contax t3 - first roll

Obligatory James picture

That Sonnar shows quite a lot of promise doesn’t it?!

Cheers for reading


Update: You can find my eventual review of the Contax T3 here

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  • Reply
    Dominik Mrzyk
    February 16, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Looks good to me! It’s one of the best compact cameras for a reason 😉 Also, Connie is adorable!

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 18, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      And thanks, I certainly think she is! 🙂

  • Reply
    Rob MacKillop
    February 17, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Very nice shots, Hamish. The Sonnar seems not a million miles away from the Hexar. I can see the light problem when comparing Connie with the knife (scary lass!) and Connie blowing bubbles. You needed something in between. But the contrast of Connie with one of her friends is superb. But my favs are the ditch, the weir and the bridge.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 18, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      The one with the knife was without flash, the other with flash. Just ned to learn how to better use the flash I think …
      Cheers Rob

  • Reply
    Duncan Browne
    February 10, 2017 at 8:03 am

    I know i’m a little late on this mate, but gee you’re hard on yourself in that ‘focus issue’in the first set of shots! Looks pretty bloody good to me 🙂 Thanks for the review.

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