The Return of the Contax T2

While you might be familiar with MAD Paris’s unique custom pieces, the French restoration company has this time worked on a limited edition camera. Working alongside FARFETCH, the two have fully restored and re-designed a handful of the iconic Contax T2s.

Contax’s well-loved model is practically a grail in the film camera community, and luckily, this new look doesn’t sacrifice the device’s integrity. The 35mm point-and-shoot is equipped with Carl Zeiss T* multi-coated Sonnar 2.8/38 lens, which paved the way for 35mm autofocus and Program AE. These were a pair of breakthroughs upon the camera’s release in 1991. Additionally, it features a 1/500s shutter speed and exposure compensation.

From a technical standpoint, this user-friendly camera remains a staple, but MAD Paris’ chic design language and use of earth-toned colors are what steal the show. The company’s take on this nostalgia-inducing camera is doused in shades of Dark Green, Desert Sand, Copper Suede, Aztec Teal, and Light Sand. Each colour is limited to a mere two examples, totalling up to 10 overall.

The MAD Paris x Contax T2 38mm camera is available exclusively through FARFETCH for £4,500.

Written by Tom Loughran