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Old 10-24-2011   #121
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Talk to me about "LCD bleed" if you do not mind... what exactly is it and what would i use the LCD for?
KEH is selling G1 w/ LCD bleed for $96...
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LCD bleeding is either a fading or the digital display or leaking of the display. It can literally look like oil on water.
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Old 10-25-2011   #123
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hmmm... and what information does the LCD display? Would I need the LCD for anything if I am just shooting away with a 28mm on autofocus/autoexposure? (like a big p+s)
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The G1 (and as far as I remember the G2 as well) has three LCD's - the in-finder main info display, and the film counter and left hand info display on the body. The latter is rather irrelevant (and I haven't seen a failed one so far), but if the main display in the finder fails, the camera loses much of its functionality - this is the only AE/meter display and the only distance meter display, so that its failure reduces the camera to either blind all auto P&S or all manual scale focus. Most common are partial counter failures at the bottom edge (as depicted above) - these are an aesthetic rather than an operational flaw. Even a total counter failure is pretty much survivable unless you are a low-volume consumer type shooter.
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Who says the G90 is hard to focus on the Contax G1? It can even manage action shots!


83990010.JPG by kafe-pic, on Flickr

OK, I'll admit I don't have a 100% hit rate, but neither would I if I tried similar shots with the M4 and f5.6 DOF.
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Old 07-29-2012   #126
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So we all know that the Contax G1+G2 viewfinders are by no means amazing in terms of size and clarity. I did notice that for use with the 21mm lens, there is a separate viewfinder. If I got a 50mm external viewfinder for use with the 45mm lens, would the auto focus point be accurate using it?
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So we all know that the Contax G1+G2 viewfinders are by no means amazing in terms of size and clarity. I did notice that for use with the 21mm lens, there is a separate viewfinder. If I got a 50mm external viewfinder for use with the 45mm lens, would the auto focus point be accurate using it?
Do you have a VF in mind that has a crosshair or something similar in the middle? or would you just guestimate the AF point?

The biggest negatve I can see is that you would be giving up one of the few "focus confirmation" --I use the term VERY loosely-- of the Contax G: the distance scale in the viefinder. While it's far from being a good focusing tool, you can at least get a sense of whether you are in the neighborhood or not.
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Do you have a VF in mind that has a crosshair or something similar in the middle? or would you just guestimate the AF point?

The biggest negatve I can see is that you would be giving up one of the few "focus confirmation" --I use the term VERY loosely-- of the Contax G: the distance scale in the viefinder. While it's far from being a good focusing tool, you can at least get a sense of whether you are in the neighborhood or not.
Interesting. I was thinking of, like, drawing in a crosshair or center dot on a Voigtlander viewfinder or something along those lines. Whatever maybe it's worth it to try.
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Just Got A Contax G2

I just received a Contax G2 on Thursday in the mail. I have had my G1 for about 6 yrs. I always thought it was great camera but I came close to selling my system 2 months ago. I used the G2 for the first time yesterday. The focus is so much faster. It also seems quieter. I think I will be sticking with the Contax G system a little longer. The VF has never been an issue for me.
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