Help with Contax G lens decision?
Regretting letting my Hexar AF go last year and stumbled into a clean, green-label G1 body at a decent price recently. I really don't anticipate or intend to build a full system but just wanted another solid walk-around rig. I'm deciding between a 35mm and 45mm as a lens to search for. The focal length is a coin-toss decision and I thought that I would go with the lens that's regarded more highly. Some limited net snooping just now didn't find any clear information other than a comment on APUG about the 35 not being quite as good wide-open as some other G glass.
Can anyone with some knowledge on these clue me in a bit? Any good links/resources that you can direct me to? Any other focal length (28?) that is obviously superior and warrants consideration as a lone optic? Thanks!
The Late, Lamented & Phenomenal, Contax G2.
Forget the G1 - GET THE G2 !
Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera
I can't emphasize that enough. The difference in AF is
significant & impressive.
The G2 has both an active & a passive AF system. It can
focus in the dark, the G1 can't.
Don't get me wrong, the AF, doesn't always work, not
locking on to the side of a painted car & only having 1
focus point, can be annoying.
Finally, you must remember that the camera uses an
averaging meter pattern. In this day, A Matrix metering
system would be much more advantageous.
As it is, you have to center your subject, in the finder with the subject
to get an accurate reading, use the AE lock, than re-compose & shoot.
Even with these drawbacks the G2, is phenomenal.
Unlike anything else out there & beyond anything Leica,
has ever produced.
As for lenses, the 28 mm & 21 mm Biogons are unique in the way
they record an image. Get the 28 & 45 mm lens combination,
FORGET THE 35 mm !
You won't be sorry.