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Zeiss Contax Forum for the classic Zeiss Contax I, II, III, IIa, IIIa , G series, and if you want to push it, the nice Contax point and shoots. Some spill over from the Kievs, the Soviet copy of the Contax II/III can also be expected. Plus the ONLY production camera ever made in classic Zeiss Contax Rangefinder mount WITH TTL metering ... the Voigtlander Bessa R2C.

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Old 03-18-2013   #81
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CK, just treat the VF as a minor annoyance and visualize the results and let the glass does its magic. I have the same irritation compared to ALL my other viewfinders, but the proof is in the results. And the lenses do magic on m43, Fuji X, as a bonus. I seem to prefer the 90 on the G, though I like shooting 28 on a GRD (no choice there; it's the discipline). I'll check out your friend's link.
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CK, just treat the VF as a minor annoyance and visualize the results and let the glass does its magic. I have the same irritation compared to ALL my other viewfinders, but the proof is in the results. And the lenses do magic on m43, Fuji X, as a bonus. I seem to prefer the 90 on the G, though I like shooting 28 on a GRD (no choice there; it's the discipline). I'll check out your friend's link.
I almost never shoot my 90mm Robert, I'll have to give it another chance soon.
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CK, just treat the VF as a minor annoyance and visualize the results and let the glass does its magic. I have the same irritation compared to ALL my other viewfinders, but the proof is in the results. And the lenses do magic on m43, Fuji X, as a bonus. I seem to prefer the 90 on the G, though I like shooting 28 on a GRD (no choice there; it's the discipline). I'll check out your friend's link.
I wish it were only a "minor annoyance." More like a major frustration for me at times. What compelled me to sell my last G2 was finding a scene on a Manhattan street, and when i raised the camera, i couldn't match the eyepiece to my eye! Had to shift the camera three times and then look away from the subject and down at the camera to center my eye.... Man, i was cursing.... A simple thing like that.

I don't want to turn this into a Contax-bashing post, but jeezus, what were they thinking? A full-fledged, top of the line, gloriously-built piece of kit with a P&S viewfinder. Oh, my lawd, what a G3 could have been.

I suppose it's not so bad if you regularly use P&S cams, but i'm attached to SLRs and medium format, so i feel especially impaired by a G2. If, while i was using it, i could think more about the results than the actual view, maybe we could get along.

I'm sure i'll try again, though. Those machines are so beautiful and the glass is fantastic.

Anyway, keep posting pictures, please. I'm not going to hold anyone else responsible for the GAS or my succumbing to it.
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I don't think I posted this one here yet. G2 with 45/2.

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CRod - One thing I like about the Zeiss G lenses is that despite their high-contrast, modern look, the do show a nice degree of tonal gradation even in the shadow areas (though it helps to overexpose.

Here is some color on a G45, for counterpoint:

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CRod - One thing I like about the Zeiss G lenses is that despite their high-contrast, modern look, the do show a nice degree of tonal gradation even in the shadow areas (though it helps to overexpose.

Here is some color on a G45, for counterpoint:
Nice photos, I'll be trying to overexpose a bit next time I shoot first I'll be sending it out to get repaired.
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ok, ok, I was going to sell my G2 outfit with 28, 45, 90.


now I'm not
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I hear you... it goes in cycles for me too! Always plotting to trade everything away for ZM equivalents but always doubting if the results will truly be the same.
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Really splendid, Kent. Think I'll load mine up for the weekend.

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I don't think I posted this one here yet. G2 with 45/2.

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Really splendid, Kent. Think I'll load mine up for the weekend.
Thanks Robert!
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Glad that I found this forum! I just received a G2 with the 35mm, 45mm and 90mm lenses as part of a payment for doing some senior pictures for a family friend. Anyways I did some snapshooting through my first roll of film (Kodak Gold 400...not fancy) and I must say the 45mm f/2 is awesome! This double exposure was accidental...
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Yes the 45mm f2 is a great lens, sadly the price for them is sky rocketing. The double exposure feature is a nice plus!
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A couple with the 28, another G gem.



the next one is a good showcase of the distortion control of this lens.
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...the next one is a good showcase of the distortion control of this lens.
Awesome shot!
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Contax G2, 90mm F2.8, Kodak Ektar 100.

The Zeiss lenses for the G system are extraordinary.

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These are Ektar with the 45/2--some as shot, some converted in LR.










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Two shots with G2 and 28 mm - Fuji Pro400H


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Contax G2, 90mm F2.8, Kodak Ektar 100.

The Zeiss lenses for the G system are extraordinary.

Yes they are. The G system is ridiculously cheap for the value provided. I'd stack the G lenses against the best of the Leicas, at a 10th of the price. And you can pick up a G body to support the lenses for $120.
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G1 + 21/2.8


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Contax G2 + 28 mm.
Shooting CH (continuous high) the start of a Donkey Race in Kenya.
The G2 has little to envy in speed to modern DSRLs, six shots from the start to the passage of the last runners.










When I elected to shoot with Zeiss lenses I had the choice of Zeiss Ikon ZM and Contax G system. ZMs were and still are expensive and with the price of a new ZM and one lens I got a G2 plus four lenses. Definitely a bargain for such superb quality.
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2wenty, those are all fantastic!
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I sold my Black G2 kit a couple of years ago because I always used my M6. I have always regretted that. Saw a young man in Sydney 2 weeks ago with a G1 on a tripod.
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I can't believe it took me this long to post to this thread. The G was one of my most favorite film cameras. Just the feel of it was inspirational. I have had three of them, two G2 and one G1. Gave them up when I got the bug for a Leica digital. Made money on the g's, lost it on the Leica.
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2wenty, those are all fantastic!
Thank you. So far only shot 3 rolls through it.
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nepal with contax G 45

I just came back not long ago from Nepal with my Contax G2 + 45mm
I find that a great tool for traveling, loving this camera.
I am sure it will go with me to a lot more trips.





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