Thought I'd drop a follow-up to this thread that I started.... I enjoyed the G1 with a 45 and 28 that I picked up early on. I noticed the focus issues that I had read about but for the most part, had good luck and nice negatives to show for it. It wasn't quite in the league of my old Hexar for auto-focus speed, quiet or accuracy, though and I ended up adding a G2 body and also a 90. It may be that familiarity in time will have me preferring over the Hexar?
Just tonight, I was doing some film/developer tests and had reason to photograph the same things with both bodies and in practice, the results are quite equal but I think that I'll be more often reaching for the G2 as it gives a more confident feeling about the focus and has additional controls that will be nice to have at hand.
I'm having fun getting back into 35mm more and enjoying the portable equipment. I think I'm getting lazier or at least, less enthusiastic about carrying heavy gear and pods and I think that I'll actually have a camera with me more often. Whenever I use 35mm, I always re-surprise myself at what it's capable of but paranoia about results keeps the MF and LF exercised the most anyway.
45 mm G Lens Over 35 mm G Lens Any Day.
Start with Ken Rockwell. But here's what I know.
Originally Posted by craigclu
First, if your G-1 doesn't have a Green Label in the
film chamber, it's not been updated to G-2 specs to
use a 35 mm lens.
Second, the 45 mm lens is by far the sharper of the
2. According to tests it's the second sharpest lens,
ever produced. They never say what's first, but it's
not the 35 mm. In fact the 35 mm - 70 mm zoom
lens, was said to be sharper than the 35 mm prime
lens. But it requires a Green Label, also.
Third, the G-1 sometimes has problems focusing as
it did not have the combined contrast / infrared
focusing of the G-2. I've seen mine focus in Total darkness.
I personally own a Black Contax G-2.
If you want to see what I say about it all, then go here;
The 28 mm is a Biogon Design.
The 28 mm is a Biogon design as is the 21 mm
Originally Posted by Pgeobc
& the 35 mm - 70 mm zoom lens. They are both
amazing. See my other post to reference my listing
on another forum to see my opinions of those 2
The 35 mm is not. It may be a Planar, but it
doesn't work as well as the 45 mm, not by a
Well every system has to have a dog, But the
level of excellence is so high, that the 35 mm
get's looked upon as the dog of the series.
-I have in the past both of them, the 45mm is the sharpest lens in 35mm and maybe in all format from all the lens i have, leitz, zeis, nikon and what ever. I remember when i focus the negative in the carrier the sharpness in hair is finish in a single grain of emulsion!! first time i so something like this..
-I like also more the g1 because is small and with the 45mm you can have always with you, i have the g2 but is bulkier and any way the only downside for me its the small finder, the exposure and focus work perfect.
GET THE 45mm EVEN IF YOU DON'T USE MUCH YOU HAVE THE BEST LENS EVER MADE THE PLANET EARTH!! PERIOD--
I'de second this advice. I've got both the 28mm and 45mm, both are brilliant. Have used the 35 but don't own it - wasn't impressed with it.
Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera
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The site is misbehaving and it hasn't let me past the first page of this thread that I started... I'm posting an additional message to see if that trips anything that's hanging it up. A note to the moderators a few days ago didn't get it working. Strange; I've never had this sort of issue with APUG before.
45mm hands down. I've owned the G2 for years and the 21, 28, 45 and 90 are simply amazing. A sharpness and a character of an almost 3-D look that's appreciated only once seen. The 35mm is good, very good. It's sharp and on paper is impressive. In real life it pales to the rest of the G lens line. It's the only one I bought and then sold.
i have a contax g 35mm f2 if anyones interested. face to face nyc is ok!
i love it. perfect focal length. perfect contrast and super sharp from 2.8 and up. people who balk at MTF graphs and post on forums often have never used the lens nor are users. they are collectors.
sure this isnt as razor sharp as the 45 but does it matter if you dont blow up your prints or even ifyou get the shot at all?
>In fact the 35 mm - 70 mm zoom
lens, was said to be sharper than the 35 mm prime
lens. But it requires a Green Label, also.<
IIRC, the zoom will never work with a G1, even with a green tag mod. Only works with G2
I have 30x40cm/12x16" prints from the 35mm, 28, 45 & 90. They all have the same 'fingerprint' (rendering, tonality, contrast, shadow detail, etc.). The two prints that I like best were taken with the 35, coincidentally or not. This lens may be 'soft' in the extreme corners wide open and not super-duper sharp overall stopped down, but this you won't see in a 30x40cm print, not me at least.