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G1 versus G2

nicolas2

Member
Good morning G users,
Just to tell you that I'm very pleased to have bought a G1 to set my G system. I would previously consider this purchase as a second (and minor) body. It is'nt ! It's certainly less fast as my G2 but my first photos with the 21, 35 and the 90 are very acurate as the G2. I took some with the 90 in very bad light situation and the results are superb and stuning. (It seems that this lens needs a full time setting of the shade, the lens front is almost at the edge and very sensible to the light.)

I was quite worry I'm not more !
At less as 300 USD it's not a bargain it's a gift !

All my best,

Nicolas
 

donaldleo

New Member
Hi Nicolas,

How much did you pay for your G1 body ?
I saw a used one in Hong Kong selling for US$539 that comes with a 35mm F2 lens. Is this price worth buying ?

Regards
Donald.
 

pvelz

Member
G1 bodies I have seen here in Holland are always over 300 Euro (second hand in retail with 3 month warranty).
I Tokyo I have seen many for less than 200 Euro up to 300 Euro (mint condition) and with a 45 mm for some 350-400 Euro. A G1D (with Databack is between 275 and 350 Euro. So US$ 539 (about 480 Euro) seems like a lot.
Peter
 

coodeville

Well-Known Member
Don't laugh or pass out when you read this. I was in Calumet in NYC and they had a used G1 body in great shape for $189.00.
 
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writing4me

That price does shock me. I've just told myself no more new toys until at least next month and I'm going to have to use my willpower not to check out that G1. I'll just keep repeating that to myself quietly, no more gear...no more gear. -Lynn
 

tomasjpn

Well-Known Member
Hi all,

I too have seen pretty low prices on used G1 bodies here in Tokyo, six month warranty with a lens, around 275-350 USD, depending on the condition of the body (ie number of scratches, etc). Seems like a nice way to pick up a second body.

Here is the link to the shop, however it is in Japanese (there is a link that says ENGLISH, however this link will not give you the same info and pages as the Japanese link:

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Mark Edwards
 
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writing4me

Hi Mark, Would you email me off list at Lynn@turnkeydesign.net please? I have a basic and simple question but prefer it to be off-list. Thanks
-Lynn
 

nicolas2

Member
Leo, Donald ?

I paid 270 usd my G1 at Jack's Camera. It did + or - 230 € so with the custom taxes and shipping less than 300 $. Half price of what you pay in France.

It's either a good and a bad thing when the prices are going down so fastly. The resale value is less. But to join the G system it's a real opportunity.

Nicolas
 

sns

Member
Sorry for posting it in here, but G1 review is closed.
I have found that mine G1 is eating battery while switched off. I'm storing it without lenses. Taking off batteries each time is quite annoying. Have anyone found this bug? May be it is loosing power while with lense (which type) or without one? It is quite expensive to find out.
 

sns

Member
K Michael,

What do You mean? It is shorted? Sending it to repair shop in my country is almost impossible. Is this known bug?
Thanks for any info!
 

coodeville

Well-Known Member
It sound like a battery drain to me. It could be casued by a bad power switch. Yur back is upa gainst a wall if you hav no access to a repair service. Is it a known problem? I don't know. Maybe you should invest in a set of rechargaboles and then remove them when you are not using the camera. My opinion is that the camera needs to be checked out by a pro. One other possibility............use different brand of batteries and see what happens.
 
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patrice

Hi Folks

got torble with my G2 for over a year = focusing .

being a bit desesparate to achieved sharp photo , I have done some measurement :
when I see infinite in Manual focusing , the real distance is 10 to 12 meters.

when I see 1.4 meters , the real distance is 1.5 meter .

when I see 0.7 meters , the real distance is 0.75 meter.

The shop where I purchase my G2 said to mee that is is my way to use the product .

i am a bit lost ....must I go back to to a Leica...

regeards

Patrice
 

pvelz

Member
Patrice, do not let yourself get fooled. The G2 focusses very accurately in most ciscumstances. Only with the 90 mm wide open (at 2.8) and short distances at low light I have seen erroneous behaviour and sometimes less sharp images (mostly portraits. Your camera must be defective I guess.
Peter
 
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denyz

Patrice

i,m seemed to remember that this is a question of recalibrating the eeprom chip in your G2
this can be done by the Contax distibutor in your country.
Afther fixing that your G2 works like a charm

Regards Jan
 

matthewson

New Member
G1 Film Loading

I bought a G1 but it was hard to load film. The space for the cassette was way too tight. So I traded it back for a G2 and solved the problem. Was that a fluke or do others experience the same problem?
 
Some experience

My first G1 system, 20, 45 and 90 was 350€, my G2 came with a 28, 90 and the 200 flash and was 550€. Both prices are very cheap in my book.
Internal dimensions seem to be the same in both models. No problems in loading any of them, I would like to say that they are userfriendly.
G2 has a better finder and for me being brought up with Kiev and IIa/IIIAs is quicker working manual with.
Battery drainage is not my problem....
As for lenses results speak for themselfs, can it be better? As for sounds, both cameras are way quiter than any SLR and I have used quite a few. When going around street photograping sofare noone has turned head due to sound. Or maybe becourse I'm so fast....
On chosing witch one to recomend I would go for the G2.
 

burnt0013

New Member
G1

Hello to all I am new to the group and this is my first post. I have been looking for a quality rangefinder body for some time now. Nikon F2 are just a bit too heavy. I recently became aware of the Contax G series. I looked at the prices and the prices of the Zeiss lenses for the bodies. I just bought a green label G1 at KEH for $148.00! I can't wait to get it and try it out.
 

burnt0013

New Member
G1

My G1 came by Fedex yesterday. I got it from KEh and the condition is just incredible. The build quality is excellent. I was so pleased I bought a 90mm lens yesterday, also from keh. Can't wait to get the lens so I can compare the images to digital and my Nikons.
 
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