Topic: Contax 139Q Without Covering

My Contax 139Q covering has had it.  I have already recovered it once before.  I pulled all the old covering off.  I actually like the way it looks naked.  Will there be a light leak issue without the covering?  There are several screws/metal sockets? that are exposed.  I took the camera into a dark closet and shined a bright light through the opened back and front.  I didn't see anything showing through.  Has anybody tried the Contax 139Q without the covering?

Re: Contax 139Q Without Covering

I don't have personal experiences with a naked 139Q, but many of my friends used to work with this camera without covering. The 139Q is well known for its poor covering.
And as far as I know there weren't any issues with light leaks.


Re: Contax 139Q Without Covering

Maybe you can get new covering here;

Seems like a steal to me at 14 USD

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Re: Contax 139Q Without Covering

I used Asahi before, his covers are super. I have re-covered 2 139Q's, including one in the 'sample pack' he had send me for a .... snake skin finish! I had made it as a joke/test to show my wife, and she LOVED it. It's been like that since!

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Re: Contax 139Q Without Covering

If your leathers have had it, you may need to check the light seals too.  If they are OK, the 139 should be fine without the leathers. 

I can also endorse the recommendation of Aki-Asahi and his leathers for the 139Q as well as light seal/mirror damper kit.  I also love his 139 baseplate covers. I order on line, pay with PayPal, and within a week, the package has arrived from Japan and he always adds a set of leathers, usually as has been said in a weird finish, for practice.  Great value too...

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