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Old 12-16-2009   #81
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I have 4 G2 Bodies (1 black, 3 titanium) and love them. All have functioned flawlessly. I have not worked with the G1, but dream of a digital G (like the M-9, so I can use all the beautiful lenses again).
I'm not sure if you've seen this - Contax G adapter for micro 4/3 - but it does give hope for using the lenses after the bodies (knock on wood) die off.
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Old 12-29-2009   #82
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Erik,

That subway shot is beautiful, that's a "hard G shot to make"
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here are some G1 shots, through glass, just to prove that it's possible



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it is possible, but this is with a g2

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Thanks nonot, I like your airport shot very much.

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i really love the G2
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Erik: Do you know there is a photo sharing site that is exclusively for Contax G users? see http://contaxg.com/
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Is the viewfinder on the G2 larger then the G1?
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Is the viewfinder on the G2 larger then the G1?
Yes.

Not massively so, but enough to make a difference especially when you need to get camera to eye for that quick shot.
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Furthermore: The G1 viewfinder does not correct the downright corner for short ranges. The G2 viewfinder does. It sometimes makes a difference.

But all in all I like the G1 more for its smaller package size and better controls. I like the G2 more for the better AF, the AF lock button on the back and the better VF.

I use them with film still. Cannot stand to stop using these fantastic Zeiss lenses.
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Furthermore: The G1 viewfinder does not correct the downright corner for short ranges. The G2 viewfinder does. It sometimes makes a difference. ...
Interesting, mpve... though I had a G1 briefly, I didn't realize this difference. Is it compensation for parallax, or field size, or both that's lacking?
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It is parallax correction. If you come closer the FOV need to go to the right and down. The strange thing (but logical from the technical perspective) is that the focus point remains in the same position. This actually means that the focus point is exact in the middle of the VF when focussing infinity and that it is in the upper left quadrant when focusing close.

But you get used to it...
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Anyone notice that prices on the web for used Contax G series cameras and lenses have shot up in the past two months? Looks to me like people have been snapping everything up. I just found a beautiful 21 at Adorama but had to pay $900 for it. Saw the same lense a few months back at KEH under $700. Now I am seeing the G2 going for north of $600 and the Black one impossible to find under $1000. Is this temporary pricing due to lack of people parting ways with their kits or a sign of things to come?

(the classifieds on this forum has better prices than most sites by the way)
The G series is becoming very very popular with young photographers including myself.

Contax gear is now a real must have. Lots of todays mags feature shots by popular young photographers using Contax gear for that kinda harsh, in your face, point and shoot look. I know plenty of people getting their hands on G bodies with one lens for $900-$1000. I was lucky enough to get my G2 with 45 for $600.

Even with the prices going up, I think the G2 is an amazing deal.

EDIT: Also, look at T2 and T3 prices going up and up. Everyone wants them.
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I started with the G1, with a 21mm and finder; I found the images superb, and decided that I would keep the G1 + 21 permanently attached. I now have a G2, with the 28mm, and 45mm on this body. I am very pleased with both these combinations, more so than with my leica M6ttl & 28mm. the G's are faster to use, much much quicker to load and unload, and the metering is spot on. perhaps not so quiet as the leica, but I grtab the shots with the G's, while I am still focussing the M!
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Jerry, I did pretty much the same, but it was the lovely and economical 21mm Biogon that drove the whole thing, and the G1 was just the necessary box to support the lens. Great combination!
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the G's are faster to use, much much quicker to load and unload, and the metering is spot on. perhaps not so quiet as the leica, but I grtab the shots with the G's, while I am still focussing the M!
Right on - I love how fast my G2 is, especially coming from Mamiya medium format.
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Is there anyway to upgrade G1 white sticker to green by myself?
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Is there anyway to upgrade G1 white sticker to green by myself?
If you were a certified Contax dealer sometime in your past

No, it's a firmware-type upgrade, you'll have to send it off to Tocad, unless someone knows a place in Ontario that still does it.
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A couple of weeks ago I decided to send a G1 for the green sticker upgrade to ToCAD. It took them 6 weeks, and my email-prodding to get them to give me a timeline of the conversion. That's my main beef with ToCAD. But the camera finally came back and it was just $40, including return shipping.
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where is ToCAD? Is there an address?

Is it this one?
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Jerry, I did pretty much the same, but it was the lovely and economical 21mm Biogon that drove the whole thing, and the G1 was just the necessary box to support the lens. Great combination!
Doug,
What is the current market asking price for this lens?
I am interested.
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What is the current market asking price for this lens?
I am interested.
Hi Raid... It of course depends on condition. Mine came from KEH in March 2005 as a "Bargain" condition item for $465, with finder. No caps, case, box etc. but otherwise it looked new. My local camera repair tech said that under close magnification he found a tiny scratch on the rear element. I recall at the time KEH had one in EX condition for $616.

Viewing completed auctions on eBay, I see two sold in August at $550 and $600. KEH has an EX+ one for $695. So maybe this lens has held its value.

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Thank you, Doug (and Kirk). Now I know what I may be looking for.
I am more intrigued by a Hasselblad SWC .... wishful thinking!
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Yep. that's ToCAD. They did a good job on the green-sticker conversion. It's just the lack of information once you send your camera, that pissed me off.
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Doug,
What is the current market asking price for this lens?
I am interested.
At ebay in the auction-style listing the excellent condition 21mm/2.8 Biogon with finder sells for $560-600. I've bought mine for about $600, and it's worth every penny I paid. The only issue I might have is with the light fall-off at the edges. If only I could get a dedicated 55mm center filter that would even the exposure at the edges...
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Well I have just got a G1 and have been using it all day and I must say it suits my needs, never held or seen a G2, (thank gooodness as i can/t afford one).
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The prices for lenses at KEH are about twice what I paid for mine, but I bought them several years ago. Not knocking KEH at all, they're just gaining in popularity.
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Yep. that's ToCAD. They did a good job on the green-sticker conversion. It's just the lack of information once you send your camera, that pissed me off.
The worst thing about owning a Contax is having to deal with ToCAD. Their customer service is abysmal.
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I've got a question..

In the g body, regarding the custom function for manual focus (the alternate setting from default) whereby you have to hold down focus lock and turn the dial to focus etc. rather than just turning the dial.

If you're holding down focus lock and turning the dial - does it focus the lens in real time or does it still only focus the actual lens once you've pressed the shutter button?

I know that's how it works with the default setting that it only sets the lens to the distance you chose once you've pressed the shutter. But I am wondering about this alternate option, that if it actually moves the lens as you turn the dial rather than pressing the shutter.

A little enlightenment?
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If you're holding down focus lock and turning the dial - does it focus the lens in real time or does it still only focus the actual lens once you've pressed the shutter button?

I know that's how it works with the default setting that it only sets the lens to the distance you chose once you've pressed the shutter. But I am wondering about this alternate option, that if it actually moves the lens as you turn the dial rather than pressing the shutter.

A little enlightenment?
I think this was referred to earlier in the thread.. that you use the prefocus button on the back and then fire at will.. so with the dial it's not manually focussing in real time. I have not used this camera though, just my understanding from the earlier post.
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anyone know where I can get a good deal on a 45/2.0 lens for the G1?
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anyone know where I can get a good deal on a 45/2.0 lens for the G1?
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Unfortunately the micro 4/3 users discovered that CZ lenses with any of the aftermarket adapters give them better images than their original dinky zooms. Consequently the prices of the Planars doubled within last 2 years. It costs $250-300 now to get an excellent 45 mm Planar on ebay. The KEH charges 50% more. same with 35mm Planar. Both are superb with 45 edging the 35 in sharpness wide open.
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Question Option to Rewind with leader out?

I can find if either body can be set to leave the leader on rewind?

I have to upgrade my m4/3 body, and my M5 + ZM50f/1.5 will to go to fund it. BUT, I am also going to get another film RF. I am looking at a G1/G2 with the 45mm f/2 Sonnar... But, I really like leaving the leader out after I shoot the off. It is much easier and faster to "Pre-Load" the film on the reel, and then go dark... My coordination sucks in a changing bag, trust me.

Does either model have an option to rewind and leave the leader out?
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Found my answer... YES, to both models... Good
Both have an option to leave the leader out on rewind.
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