Contax G-2 Kit, with a Bessa L Ultra Wide Kit; The Best of Both Worlds !
Here's the kit that I finally was able to put together.
Originally Posted by Red Robin
I find that I prefer this to my SLR kit.
First I started off with a Black Contax G-2, with the
following Black lenses:
21 mm f 2.8 Biogon,
28 mm f 2.8 Biogon,
45 mm f 2.0 Planar,
90 mm f 2.8 Sonnar.
About the lenses: I'm not disappointed one bit with what they
do on b&w or colour film. They are everything I had hoped these
versions of the Contax G lenses would be. Tonality, shadow detail
& sharpness are way up there. The T* Coating is probably optimized
for colour, but seems to work well in B&W, as well.
I find that there is something VERY SPECIAL
about the Biogon lens design.
The 28 mm has a " stretch ", that makes it look like
a 24 mm SLR lens, but without the distortion &
The 21 mm has no " discernible " distortion at all.
I mention this here as a prelude because to augment,
this system I've added a Black Bessa L, ( labeled
Cosina 107 SW ), with the following Black lenses:
The 12 mm f 5.6 &
The 15 mm f 4.5 lenses.
Both of these appear to be Biogon designs as well.
While they don't have T* coatings, they are both
Apochromatic, so I know they are similar in sharpness.
With the Contax G-2 being AF & the Bessa L lenses
being Hyperfocal Focus, focusing is NOT an issue, not
like it was on my Old Minolta CLE w a 90 mm f 2.8
Summicron, the focusing window was so small, it
was difficult to focus at all & impossible to do fast.
I may add a Titanium G-2 with a 35 - 70 mm lens to
all of this someday.
Just in case you were wondering, I use a Sunpak 120 J
TTL & a Quantum X2 along with Stroboframe & Newton
Flash brackets for lighting, with these cameras.
Finally, the key to all of this is to build the kit slowly,
when the prices are right. Don't run out & spend top
dollar on this equipment, this is after all an investment,
not just photographically, but monetarily as well.
CORRECTION: Leica Lens Name.
My Mistake, My Bad, my Leica 90 mm f 2.8 was a
Originally Posted by Vanishing Point Ent.
Tele-Elmarit, not a Summicron.
The Summicron would have been an f 2.0 lens.
Which I tired once & found that it was way too
heavy for the light weight Minolta body.
P.S. The lens was impossible to focus sharply at
f 2.8. Leica says that the body was designed to
use an f 4.0 lens. I think that because of the
" Compact " size, the distance between the range-
finder windows was not wide enough.
It took me awhile to figure this out, but I figured
that the lens would be sharper 1 stop closed down
The Contax having a similar focus window distance
but being AF, does not suffer from this problem &
I've shot many images wide open at f 2.8, with NO Problems.