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Thread: Contax G1 or G2

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    I would have thought something like a Leica M4-P along with a CV 35mm Skopar (or whatever) would be around the same sort of price as a good Contax G2 and lens. That said the Contax G2 is the camera I always regret selling most, quirky, irritating at times, but he negatives were something else! But with all the high quality cheap lenses around now for a Leica M mount camera I wouldn't recommend a G2 to a beginner as it would most probably give the wrong impression of rangefinders generally. Better stick to a Bessa or Leica body and do the experience properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 250swb View Post
    I would have thought something like a Leica M4-P along with a CV 35mm Skopar (or whatever) would be around the same sort of price as a good Contax G2 and lens. That said the Contax G2 is the camera I always regret selling most, quirky, irritating at times, but he negatives were something else! But with all the high quality cheap lenses around now for a Leica M mount camera I wouldn't recommend a G2 to a beginner as it would most probably give the wrong impression of rangefinders generally. Better stick to a Bessa or Leica body and do the experience properly.

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    I use my left eye, and shooting w/a Leica is no treat. The Contaxes have the eyepiece more toward the middle, like a SLR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chip j View Post
    I use my left eye, and shooting w/a Leica is no treat. The Contaxes have the eyepiece more toward the middle, like a SLR.
    With a M3 or CanonP or VI you shoot with both eyes open using the right eye in finder. With practice you can do this with M2 or Canon 7.

    In my school you had to write with right hand...

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    Well, an update to this now. I have bought a Contax G2 Millenium kit. It is in black, complete with 45mm,28mm, 90mm lenses, flash, filters, lens hoods, strap and case, all in near mint condition, the only thing missing is, the original user manual.

    I will now download a user manual and try it out, so far over the moon with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody63 View Post
    ... I have bought a Contax G2 Millenium kit. ...
    Well done! Hope you like it. Not included in the manual but definitely worth to look at: the fastest thumb in the West.

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    Thank you, that is really worth knowing. Will certainly be trying that.

    Thanks again

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    Awesome! Enjoy! Have patience, once you get the knack you'll find it a great camera to work with.
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    Thank you Richard. I have ordered a ready printed user manual, which should arrive tomorrow. Then i will certainly be seeing what it can do. It has a very nice feel, superb engineering, very impressed with it.

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    After my first and only experience dealing with ToCAD, I bought a G1 green label as a back-up. (G1 that takes the 21mm.) Judging from the time and expense it took to simply replace a dented lens hood, I can only speculate that a serious service or repair on my G2, which will be needed at some point, will cost far more than buying a G1 back-up.

    This system is all about the lenses. You will want the 21mm, can't remember the last time I took it off. Have fun finding and affording a black one, though.

    Heads up on the batteries. Yes, there is a warning that the juice is low . . .then count one potato, two potato, and the camera is dead.

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    A quick question on G1, is it possible to use other than G mount lenses via adapters? Say, would there be a chance of using an M42 lens on it?

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