Contax G2 cable release

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  1. PRB

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    Hi All,

    Does anyone have an idea where I can find a cable release for my G2. It is some sort of Contax-only release; the owner's guide says it you'll damage the camera with anything else. Love the camera, need the release.

    Thanks,
    Paul
     
  2. Bruce Osgood

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    The Contax cable release is an electronic connector that makes connection in the shutter circuit. Other than the button there is no moving parts. The "usual" cable release is a plunger that physically pushes the shutter mechanism and will damage any Contax camera it is used with.
     
  3. Mongo

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    I got mine in the used equipment section of the B&H web site. The cables aren't cheap, but they're a lot cheaper used than new. Keep an eye on eBay for a Contax L-30, L-100, or L-1000.

    The "L" is the Contax release type used for the G series as well as some other cameras, and the number is the length of the cable in centimeters. I got the L-30 for around $12 used...I didn't need to be far away from the camera when I fired it.

    There's an active auction on eBay right now for the L-100 (auction #7542514414). I have no connection to it...just looked it up when I saw your question.

    Best of luck.
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    I bought mine from a stack of them in the Contax display case at Yodobashi Camera in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

    The release is something of a weak link to the G2, if you are using it, say, for portraiture or other tasks that require quick response -- because you can't force the lens to focus until the moment of exposure. Even in MF it will take a wee moment to drive. If you are using it for night shooting ort landscape, then it works swimmingly.
     
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    Thanks to everyone who provided information. I found a release on eBbay.

    Onward,
    Paul
     
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    The Minolta CLE & X700 had the same issues.
    It stunned the Contax reps, when I demonstrated to them that the Remote Release for the Minolta CLE, works the same. It just says Minolta on the trigger button instead of Contax.
    At the time it was a lot cheaper. This will help you expand your search.
    They come in 2 sizes, 1 ft & long.