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    Entertaining the Idea of Contax G1 or G2 with 45mm f2

    Hi all,

    I've recently been entertaining the idea of a Contax G1 or G2 with the 45mm f2 Planar. People seem to be all over the place on price with these right now so I'm not dead set on it unless the price is right. Either way, if you have one available please let me know. Thanks!
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    Hi, Mr. Fragomeni,

    I'm sure you know this...but KEH has some great prices on G1 bodies with the Green Sticker upgrade....and the RangeFinderForum has a lot of discussion about the pros/ cons of the G1 vs. G2, mainly around the auto-focusing challenges. (I prefer the G1, due to its smaller size and smaller price.)

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    I actually didn't even think to check KEH this time. Thanks for the reminder, duh! I've been reading some of the stuff on rangefinderforum about the differences. I'm basically just after the sharp sharp sharp 45mm I'll manage with either body.
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    I just went through this decision this past summer. I bought a G1, 28 and 45. I liked the camera and concept but discovered some of the focusing shortfalls that you hear mentioned. I found a 90mm to cover my basic lens needs and the G1 (mine is a green sticker) struggled a bit with it and didn't do well in snapshot mode indoors in lower lit situations. I added a G2 body and it made a world of difference and wish someone would have assertively convinced me to just start with the G2. The G1 is great in decent lighting, is a wee bit smaller/lighter and I'll likely keep it but have only used the G2 since adding it to the kit. The glass is very good and won't leave you wanting, optically.
    Craig Schroeder

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    The 45 is a wonderful lens- one of the best 'normal' lenses ever I think. As is the 21 should one of those find it's way to you. I'm one who has shot both the G1 and G2 and find the G2 better all around. There were occasional focus issues with the G1, but rarely with the 45 in my experience. The main problem with the G1 for me was the MF dial, and the lack of an adequate lock on it. My camera would often switch to MF mode, and be way out of focus when I made a quick grab shot. I'd notice the VF readout after making the exposure and find the camera set to infinity not AF. It happened way too often and while it certainly could be how I handled the camera or got it in and out of the bag- it was annoying- often. The G2 by comparison has about perfect ergonomics in every way for this shooter. I often wish my M7 could take a few lessons from the G2.

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    I just did it...

    Ordered a used G1 with Planar 45 f2 T* ....

    Not that I need another camera, but who - on this forum, REALLY needs another camera... My excuse is that it's my first rangefinder, and I've wanted one for quite a while now!

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    Entertaining the Idea of Contax G1 or G2 with 45mm f2

    Enjoy. If somehow I had to give up every camera and only go with one body and one lens the G2 and 45 Planar would be it. Been loving mine for more than 10 years now.
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    "Well, my photos are actually much better than they look..."

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    Gaah!

    The seller seems to have sold the same item at the same time as my transaction went through, and apparently the other buyer was some hour before me, but on another site!!

    All I can do now is to hope the other buyer backs off the deal...



    Is this a sign? Maybe I should not at all go the Contax G road....
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    Check KOH's Camera on Long Island and see if they have anything. I got a Rolleinar from him and thought the price was good and the service great.
    Big list of used equipment, and the shipping charges were very reasonable.
    No association - just had a good experience.

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    Entertaining the Idea of Contax G1 or G2 with 45mm f2

    It's a sign you should have gotten a G2 not a G1.
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    "Well, my photos are actually much better than they look..."

    Richard S.
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