>>3473715>Would I be buying into a dead end system?
Yeah and that's a great thing.
A dead mount always has the best value for money lenses, because they can not be used natively on dSLRs.
The RTS series is the closest you can get to Leica M smoothness and heft in SLR form, plus advanced features.
(And if you want the absolute best in feel and heft, above even leica M levels, it's the Zeiss Contarex).
It was a pro camera through and through.
You can tell by things like 1/8000 max shutter, 1/250 flash sync, 100% viewfinder, 5fps burst.
And then some crazy stuff like the ceramic vacuum pressure plate.
The closest match would be a Leica R8, which sells for about double the price (body only), and lacks some of the features of the Contax.
For me the "issue" is it's over 1kg without a lens, at this weight and bulk I might as well shoot medium format and not obsess which $500 zeiss lens is the sharpest when I can outresolve it with a $100 lens and get better tonality to begin with.>>3474004>Is there a reliable Contax?
Contax II, Contax IIa.