Well the problem is only cosmetic, but the soft leather on my old Contax 139, and the winder is beginning to tear up, and rip apart, I have tried to get a new set here in Denmark, but they can't get it. Is there anyone that knows a online store or a shop that are willing to ship it to Denmark. I have even written Yashica, without any luck...
Getting the original material will probably prove next to impossible - it's hard to get ANY camera parts even five years after it's been discontinued. How about a different approach - turn a lemon into lemonade: Find a good local upholsterer or a saddle maker. Using the original as a pattern, they should be able to make you new leather panels... maybe in a nice cognac colour? Or biege? Let your imagination run wild, and you'll have a totally unique, one-of-a-kind SLR!
If you're determined to get the original stuff, you might try reposting the question on the ACE CAMERA forum:
Jan, this is a very commom problem with any Contax 139Q that has seen any decent use in its life and unfortunately it's hard to get factory replacement leatherette for such an old camera now.I had a 139Q briefly which had the same problem so i bought a piece of vinyl like material from a local homeware store and cut it into the old leatherette shape and glued it on.It's not ideal but sure beats the appearance of the old shredding crap.Sorry Mike ,biege is not my colour and it's not recommeded too If you insist on the original replacement,good luck.Some Kyocera dealer in the States(?Jersey) may have some left somewhere but i think it's not worth all the trouble.
p/s-BTW,this is taken from Contax mailing list
"If you know part numbers you can order contax parts from the Parts Dept. at (1-800-526-0266, x4361) or fax (732-563-0614) with a V/MC/Amex card or you can send a check/money order to the Parts Dept.. The person that I have dealt with in the past is Donna Grybowski, Parts Coordinator (Contax@Kyocera.com). By the way, if you have a 139Q with the typical totally worn-out leather,the parts dept is still selling kits of replacements for $7.00 each.
You know, in more other forums Jan would have gotten flamed for posting his post about his Contax. Not so here. This place is one class act full of people who care! This is why I keep coming back to this place!
Thanks for continuing to renew my faith, Johnny
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