Contax N1

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When the N1 had a review in Popular Photography magazine I wrote a short paper on how the "Custom Function 8" could simulate the Scheimflug methode without any Tilt/shift lens.
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The other method for <Very large DOF>, which I mentioned, is more difficult than I though, but Professor Brian Slater (E-mail Address(es):
slater.39@osu.edu ) has found a program which might do it.
For what it's worth ---- Harry
 
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Friends, seriously thinking of buying a N1 (need a SLR to compliment my rangefinder) or perhaps a Nx (but I do like the feel/handling of the N1 better).

My concerns:
- battery consupmtion - 10 rolls... that sounds very low, not to say odd. Has this been confirmed as standard w/ Contax?
- How is the initial quality? Given the amount of electronics, I would feel safer by buying it new w/ warranty, but I was wondering about ppl's opinion about buying used.
 
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This has nothing to do with the fact that I am selling my N1 kit, but I get much more than 10 rolls from a set of batteries, probably nearer to thirty plus, the quality is superb and I have had no issues or glitches at all over the past nine or ten months. I did have the 24-85mm lens tightened up to prevent the zoom creep but that is all.

The thing just works.

Simon
 
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Actually, just back from comparing the N1 to the Nikon F100. Needless to say, the N1 feels like a tank in the hands, but at the same time brutally big/heavy (my M6TTL feels like a tank as well, it is a quality feeling I really enjoy, but bulk/weight is less appealing).

I find the controls of the N1 to be very intuitive, and the aperture priority ring very easy to work with. The lenses feel great.

But I'm still not convinced. Size/weight is definitely a factor. Access to lenes is another.

Not easy decidnig on a new SLR system in 2002...
 
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I recently purchased a used N1 thru Adorama. I Love this camera! With all the debate about Zeiss Lenses, let me say one thing, Seeing is believing! It is a battery hog though, but 10 rolls per battery is a bit pessimistic. I havent really kept track of how many rolls ive gotten but it has been more than 10, and i have been playing around with the camera alot so ive been hard on the batteries to boot. But really, i Love this camera so much i wouldn't care if i had to replace the battery every 5 rolls! I just wish the lenses were a bit less pricey! But my daddy always said that you get what you pay for! I say go for the N1 and never look back! Steve Voss
 
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Is the focusing accuracy of N1 not so good? Is it better to use the FX-1 Split Screen for manual adjustment?

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Terry Sham
 
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Pat:

A little over a year ago I was in the same situation as you - continue and upgrade to F100 with Nikon or change completely. My reason for changing to the N1 was not so much the camera body; the F100 is great, and so is the N1, and many other bodies too. In fact, there aren't ANY "bad" bodies out there in that price range. My decision was based on the 24-85 lens; this is much better than either Canon or Nikon has to offer and it is the range that I really like. Now, with the new 70-200, Contax has become even cheaper than Nikon because the equivalent Nikon lens in terms of quality would be their F2.8/80-200 AFS...
really, your lens is what makes your system in this category and Contax rules with the 24-85 and 70-200.
 
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I've been using the N1 for about a year now, and I shoot mainly candids at weddings with it. I find the results fantastic...generally. However I feel I could still get more from the camera and was hoping some of you chaps could give me a few pointers. I shoot mostly in AF mode and very rarely use manual focus. When using AF I always shoot using just the center sensor. I also find I use the sf mode rather than continuous. This is fear based as once I used the Cf mode when a bride and her father were walking towards me and five out of the seven shots were out of focus. I suspect the camera had a hard time with trying to focus on either black or white! I tend to find a point on the subject that has a clear edge and focus on that, then recompose. I also find when I'm holding the focus the battery life is greatly effected. I get about 30 to 40 rolls of 36 exposure film from a battery. I shoot Portra NC 400 of Ilford HP5 and find that all(but group shots) make 8x10 prints as good as my medium format system.

So...would I get better results (sharper) using CF over SF mode. Should I be using the camera in all sensor mode on moving subjects? Would I get better results tweeking the lens with manual focus (something I've never actually done as I still have the origional screens)

Thanks for the input.

Gareth Rockliffe

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I just bought FX-1 focusing screen, and here I'm a little confused. When I use AutoFocus mode, I notice that upper half is a little shifted to lower half of the center circle. Then a little adjusting is required to set perfect focus subject. It is not every time when I use AF, but in my opinion it happens a little too often. It also happens when there is a sharp edge with good light condition. The correction I need to adjust is very small, just a few degrees rotattion of the ring. I'd like to ask as many of you noticed the same problem? I know that I have to set CF-19 to compensate this FX-1 and I already did it, but it does not help. I noticed (in this forum) that some people just life with that and they use lens ring for adjusting focus. I'm curious if this is acceptable, or I should send my N1 for adjusting?

Kris.
 

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Hi Kris,

unfortunately the AF of N1 is sometimes not exact calibrated, even coming out of a new box. Contax will fix that for free usually. The AF should have the exact same focus point as with the split indicator. I do not think that you should stay with it like this. THis is part of the fun with the N1 to use both AF and MF without this refocussing. Send it to Contax and they will help you.

dirk
 
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> Hi Kris,

I posted a query about this exact thing. I have the FX-1 screen, and using the AF, I notice that according to the split image, the focus is off by a fraction. As it is going to be difficult for me to get the camera and lens back to Contax in UK for recalibration, I have begun using the camera in Manual Focus mode, using the Focus button to use AF when I want to, especially to get me "into the area" quickly, and then, if I have time, to fine-tune the focus more exactly with the manual focus ring. It may not be ideal, but I can live with this for now. I suppose the real question is, should I have to live with it ? Robin
 
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You should NOT live with it! A $1000 camera should be PERFECT (Any new camera for that mater). Contax must fix all their sloppy N1 gear. The more they realize there are problems the more likely they will be to get their act in gear and fix this stuff BEFORE it gets to the customer and not after.

> I posted a query about this exact thing. I have the FX-1 screen, and > using the AF, I notice that according to the split image, the focus is > off by a fraction. As it is going to be difficult for me to get the > camera and lens back to Contax in UK for recalibration, I have begun > using the camera in Manual Focus mode, using the Focus button to use > AF when I want to, especially to get me "into the area" quickly, and > then, if I have time, to fine-tune the focus more exactly with the > manual focus ring. It may not be ideal, but I can live with this for > now. I suppose the real question is, should I have to live with it ? > Robin
 
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>Hi Antoine, I have a new Contax Cable switch, 30cm. It is new, never used. Original box and directions, but they are shopworn. This is for the original RTS, and has a connector that looks like a PC connector. I will send it, postage included, for $15. if in the USA. You may e-mail me at mectbc@juno.com. Yours truly, Tom Chin
 
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can anyone please explain why N1 is not a "professional " camera like RTSIII?
 
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"can anyone please explain why N1 is not a "professional " camera like RTSIII?"


Hi Albert,

there differences between the Top line "professional" Contax camera and a mid level Contax camera are always found in details.

First there is the build quality. The N1 has a very good one, but in my opinion not enough for the extreme usage of the professional photographer. The RTSIII is build like a rock. Even if a top N-body will not be build like a RTS III anymore, it will be something like a Nikon F100 et alii.

Then you have all the small difference in features i.e. the mirror lock up. The n1 has one but only via selftimer. A truly professional model will have a normal mirror lock up like all RTS models in the past.

Autofocus would be faster, higher speed of motordrive, maybe a vacuum system, etc. Basically it has to have at least all features of the RTS III plus some more which become in the meantime standard in the pro line of the competition. This might advanced flash system, different batteries, digital back optional etc. you name it.

And definitely a higher price
 

dirk

CI-Founder
FYI

I scanned the N1 broshure and uploaded it in the Scan/Download section on this site. I hope that is helping some of you who are in a buying decision, especially now at the photokina.

Enjoy it

Dirk
 
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Hi, dear.

Are the square and d&-proof ability of the Contax N1 which degree?
 
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I am thinking of buying an N1/NX system. A major drawback seems to be availability of accessories especially third party. But I can't find anything that feels like the N1. I am not accustomed to using autofocus so the dual focus of the N1 is appealing (Maybe it is something I'll just have to get used to). I am an amateur/Semi-pro trying to make the move to Pro and am trying to build a good system that I can rely on 24/7. I am kind of a purist-to-a-fault as I use allot of manual only cameras, (Pentax 6x7, 4x5's, old Zeiss Contaflex's) and am kind of dragging one part of myself Kicking-and-screaming into the modern world.

Please somebody help me with a good discussion on cameras that don't have allot of useless features and that I wont have to fight with to get command of the image making process.

I am posting this here becaus the N1 is the best I've found so far although is very pricey.

Does anyone offer a Polaroid back for the N1?
 
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> If you want the quality of lens needed by a pro shooter, the Zeiss range > will suit you well. IMO, the N1 is very nearly a pro body but still lacks > some things i.e. a proper Mirror Lock-up. In use however it is very > satisfying, and I have got used to using it as a manual camera with AF > assist. Fit the FX-1 screen, set the camera to Manual Focus, and use the > Focus button to give you instant AF to get you into the ball park. From > there, you can adjust the focus manually by turning the lens barrel. It > makes a really fine-tuning combination. There is nothing on the camera > that is unnecessary, and there is everything else (see above re MLU) that > you need. So far, I haven't heard of a Polaroid back. You still have to weigh up the sort of pictures you will want to shoot as a pro. If any of them involve sports, journalism or wildlife, go for what the "Pack" use, either Canon or Nikon. If it will be "Fine Art", go for the Zeiss lenses in any Contax system, manual or AF. Hope this helps. Robin
 
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Robin
Thanks so much! That was a confirmation for me because I am not anticipating any sports or wildlife work etc. Mostly portrait and Fine art. I agree with you I will probably want to use the AF as you stated exept in extreme circumstanses. Seems like a perfect fit for me. I've thought a little about the RTSIII but think the auto focus of the N1 is something I'm going to want at those extreme times.
At the moment I am using a Pentax 6x7 for studio type stuff or when I have time to fuss over technical aspects anyway. So the N1 will be my aim and fire type system when I need that.

Thanks again for your reply
Kevin
 
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