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I just tried and was able to download the PDF Contax manual to my PC.
When the manual is displayed on your browser, click the "floppy disc" icon (2nd button from the LHS, right next to the red Adobe logo). If it does not work for you, you may need to update your Acrobat plug in from the Adobe website.
As I have full version of Acrobat 5 not just reader, after Xmas festivities and holiday to USA is over, I will have a go at doing separate language versions. I have forgotten - is there a posting area on Contaxinfo I could put these for general use, unless of course there is a copyright problem? Wilson
Finally managed to download G2 manual - what a nightmare to do so. I had to use the Acrobat webpage downloader to do it, as Kyocera's download is set open automatically in Acrobat reader, without the initial save option and downloads only page by page, so you have to open 112 pages. If you try to save it with the usual click on the diskette sign, it crashes time after time, just at the end of a 12.8mb download.
The manual appears to be basically the English version with only a small amount of German, so no further work required.
Thanks to all who pointed me in the correct direction.
Actually there would be a copyright *problem* if you distributed it to the public. However, under the fair use standard you should be able to make your own language version. You could distribute with permission though. Might be as easy as sending an email to someone in marketing at Contax!!
> type your text here!By the time you spent all that time and paid for paper and ink, you could have called Kyocera and ordered one. They are available as a "spare part" I believe. I got one about four years ago.
I have a dial up connection. I downloaded the manual while I was eating dinner. It's a B&W copy. Last year, when I was looking for one, Kyocera did not offer this. I ordered one and they sent me three. The cost was 14 bucks. I purchased my G2 used. I really didn't need or want a genuine manual. The download, if available, would have been fine.
Thanks Carlos. I've been collecting excuses for buying a nice PDA, and this is a really good one! My wife has an iPAQ which I'm ashamed to say I covet to an irrational degree (but have no "real" need for, unlike she).
A portable field reference library would be very handy.
Sorry to spoil the party. I have just downloaded and installed Adobe Reader for Palm in my PDA and then done the conversion and hot-sync load for the G2 manual. Regret to advise on my Handspring Treo 600 the manual is next to unreadable and I have deleted it. It might work better on pocket PC's, as I think they generally have larger and higher definition screens. Wilson
>>I don't understand the focusing system. Is it true that the viewfinder does not show the image in or out of focus, and you have to rely on the distance scale on the LCD readout on top of the camera? Can someone explain briefly how the hell this works? Isn't not being able to confirm focus visually a rather large disadvantage?<<
In auto focus mode the distance scale is shown in the viewfinder, e.g., 45 mm lens shows:
0.5, 0.7, 1, 1.5, 2, 3, 5, Inf (meters)
If you have locked focus on something shown in the focus frame, an indicator will either be under one of the numbers in the scale or between two of them.
I found it relatively easy to tell if I had focused on what I had intended, and my first roll thru the camera had everything focused the way I had wanted.
Rangefinders can't show the focus plane in the viewfinder because the lens is not included in the path, as it is with an SLR.
In manual focus mode the distance is shown in the display on top of the camera. However, I wouldn't buy the G2 if manual focus was what I wanted to do.
I spent 45 min to an hour testing the focus system and most of the other functions in the camera store before I decided to buy. If you can rent one, that's even better.
Hope this helps.