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Condition: G1 body 9/10 Near mint
The Contax G is the world's most advanced 35mm rangefinder camera system.
The Contax G system offers seven interchangeable lenses, fast autofocus, autoexposure, TTL light and flash metering, and automatic high-speed film advance and rewind. It was a breakthrough when introduced in the 1990s, and nothing has come close ever since. Leica slept through the whole thing.
The ads of the time touted the great lenses, but so what. What makes the Contax G system so much fun is how fast and easy it shoots. Unlike shooting a manual rangefinder camera like the Nikon SP, which takes me a whole day to get through one roll of film in great pain, the G system works so fast and effortlessly I blow through film quickly.
Since the older cameras take so much out of me with manual fiddling, my one roll of film a day is loaded with nothing but sucky pictures. I can blast though a roll of film on the Contax quickly and have a lot of fun doing it, so the plentiful results from the Contax G system are also much better pictures than I'd make on the more primitive cameras.
Autofocus is via a mechanical screw in the lens mount. The lens has to move out for each shot. Be sure to lock the AF first so the lens extends, and the shot goes off immediately. If you keep the AF locked (or in Continuous mode), the camera is always ready to shoot.
Carl Zeiss Planar 45mm f2
What I have to say here repeats what I said about the 28/2.8 Bigon. I have used many different 50mm lenses from Canon, Minolta, Olympus, Nikon and Leica. The 50 is usually the base lens and sets the benchmark for all lenses in a camera line, so tend to be very good. For me, nothing beats this 45 and the 50/2 Summicron I had on my M. But, for sheer value, as both the Zeiss and the Leitz are so similar, the Zeiss wins for quality and value. Such sharp, distortion free images ACOSS ALL F STOPS are to my eyes, a notch above all the SLR brands. I like this even more than my 50/1.4 Planar for my Contax RX, which beats all other SLRs. A great, great all around lens.