Lens contrast color fidelity and resolution

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I'm very seriously considering a G2, but before purchasing, the quality of the lenses are my biggest concern. For those of you who have used Nikon, and Leitz optics, how do they compare in terms of contrast, color fidelity and resolution?

Also, how does the G2 body hold up over time?

Any input would be welcome.
 
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> My G2 required a 250.00 dollar repair bill after 3 years and about 4000 shots. It stayed in a case in behind me underneath my rear truck > seat with outside temperatures ranging from 18 degrees (F) to 112 degrees during hot Texas summers. I have no complaints. The optics are > remarkable ... great contrast and very, very sharp.

michael.

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Dave..
Take the following comments from a rank amateur. A lot of the guys on this list can punch a hole in a cereal box and take outstanding photos.

I just got back into photography earlier this year. I've been taking classes...primary because I am the worst photgrapher on the planet...

I bought a G2. I put Fuji Reala film in it, and went out and took some pictures.

Technically, I've still got a lot to learn about "photography"..but the G2 takes such incredibly sharp pictures it looks like I'm a lot better photographer than I am.

My other cameras are Nikon and Canon. The difference is absolutely incredible. The colors will absolutely blow you away..

I also bought the Contax N1...but found that I'm using the G2 a lot more.

Jeff in Colorado
 
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> Posted by David Wamback on Monday, October 14, 2002 - 9:03 pm: > > I'm very seriously considering a G2, but before purchasing, the > quality of the lenses are my biggest concern. For those of you who > have used Nikon, and Leitz optics, how do they compare in terms of > contrast, color fidelity and resolution?

Well Zeiss optics beat the pants of Nikon any day of the week and twice on sundays. LEitz/Leica is still a superior beast, pin sharp beautiful colours etc, but this is also true of Zeiss glass.

The Contax system is definitely worth every penny next to a Leica M6 or M7 system when you compare bang for buck. You can by a G2 with 3 lenses (21, 35 90) + the tla 200 flash for about 1700GBP. Leica has it benefits in terms of focusing in the eye, but the contax is faster to work (in built motor drive, auto film winding, TTL metering etc etc) with and the shifting contax rangefinder (giving you the exact frame size for each lens) it is a winnner. Ever tried shooting with a 90mm or 135mm on a Leica M6? You can barely see the subject you are trying to focus on! > > Also, how does the G2 body hold up over time?

I have shot on assignment with my G2 all over the world in the 4 years I have had it. It is out with me when I take the the kids to school in the morning, every weekend and every working day and it just has a few scuff marks on it from the metal strap holders on the top corners and where the back wacks against my belt buckle from time to time. Built to last and feels like it too. A thing of beauty which takes cracking pics....

Go shopping...

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Jeff,
Your comment is interesting. I was trying to get my wife into photography and took a class with her as well as bought her a Contax G2 like mine. You are correct that an unskilled person can take a very good photograph in a very short length of time with the G2. I have been using professional lens and cameras from Minolta for years and the Contax G2 and lens just blows me away with its simplicity to operate and the quality of the photos. I will continue to use the SLR Minolta but can safely say that I will be using the Contax wherever possible.
Harbert
 
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Just to add to the irresistable part of a G2, there are a couple of them available on Ebay, either with just the G2 and the 45mm lens or with the 3 lens system. Some Excellent prices.

I JUST missed a Contax G2 leather case at a shop in Minnesota for $129...

sheesh!!!

Jeff in Colorado
 
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Jeff,
I have, what appears to be an unused Contax G1 or G2 Leather Case for sale or trade if you are interested. In the orginal Contax box and plastic bag with all bag inserts. I bought this, then later bought the larger G bag. Let me know at harbert.lee@siemens.com if interested.
Harbert
 
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Hey Dave,

Be very careful about starting a bad habit. Zeiss to optics is like Porsche to cars. Don't test drive them unless you're ready to spend joyously. The G-lens rank shoulder-to-shoulder with Leitz optics w/o the ultra limited production and outrageous prices. They have different signatures, I think. Zeiss's color is richer and warmer while Leica is more contrasty and accurate (less saturated). If you're a audiophile, it would translate: Zeiss is more musical while Leica is more defined and accurate. Leitz is also known to perform better at wider apertures. This has always been a must since the M6's max shutter speed hasn't changed much over the years.

Just start out with a G1/G2 and the cheapest but sharpest G-lens (Planar 45mm/f2.0) and a roll of Reala or Velvia.

Remember... we warned you!!! :)

Niki
 
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Jeff,

I'd be most interested in your opinions about the N1. Are you as wowed by the prints from the N1 as you are by those from your G2 system?

Thanks for any comments.

Diane
 
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Diane..
Equally impressed with the N1. Picture quality is the same..HOWEVER.. the N1 is huge and weighs a ton.
I have the 70-300 lens and it's just big and slow, so the pictures aren't as easy as just snapping one off on the G2. I would imagine that the 50mm or the shorter zoom lens on the N1 would make the camera a lot handier to use.

Autofocus on the N1 "seems" (and I'm no expert) slower than my other cameras, and the 5 zone autofocus can be a bit of a hassle until you get used to it...but again, I'm just not as comfortable with the N1 yet.

Still, pictures are razor sharp, and identical to the G2 quality wise.
 
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Can anyone tell me if there is a difference in image quality between the G lenses and the manula focus MM lenses for Contax SLR's.

I am undecided as to which system to go for (each has its merits) and my decision might come down to lens performance.

Thanks for any help you can offer

Steve
 
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Steve,

If you're familiar with the Zeiss "look" you'll get that with either lens family. IMHO, if you don't require the flexibility of an SLR (DOF preview, long tele., macro, etc.) and the much greater array of lenses and accessories, then the G is the way to go. The G lenses are *sharp*, small, lightweight, relatively inexpensive and really deliver dazzling images. Plus, the G2 is a great camera to own and use.

In M lenses I have the 25/2.8, 50/1.4 and 85 1.4. Each is a very capable optic, and the two 1.4s have a full stop's advantage over any G lens. I also have a G2 and all the G lenses. My G use is at least ten times my SLR use.

Bottom line: you won't be disappointed with the results from either line. Carefully examine your needs (and budget), then choose which system best fills them.

--Rick
 
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Thanks Rick. I am swaying towards the G, mainly due to its size. Your comments have been helpful.

Steve
 
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Could anyone tell me where the best (cheapest but most honest) places online (in the USA) are to buy a new G 45mm lens? I just got one 2nd hand on eBay but it wouldn't focus. I was lucky to be able to return it and get my money back. I know Delta has it for $234, but it is a gray market lens. What is the risk in buying this type of lens new without US warranty? Thanks
 
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Gene,

"Questions about the quality of G lenses and all other lenses can be quickly determined by visiting
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This is actually not true 100%. You will find on photodo some MTF Charts which they measured themselves. But the weighting and criteria selection for these measuerments are different to the official Zeiss MTF charts. It is therefore mandatory to read carefully the explanation on the photodo charts to know why which lens has which rating. You can NOT compare the photodo-numbers with the official Zeiss MTF graphs.

You will not find anything about colour reproduction at photodo, nor at the Zeiss homepage. That is something you can not see in MTF Charts. They indicate you only sharpness and contrast. On the Zeiss publication which you also find on this site in the scan section you will also find graphs for vignetting and distortion additionally. But be careful with the interpretation of these graphs.

Dirk
 
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I just purchased my G2 w/45 & 90 two weeks ago. I shot my first roll (Kodak Gold 200) just to test out the camera. WOW.

In my 50+ years in photography I have owned Leica, Nikon, Canon, Hasselblad, Olympus and others - also used many other brands (I workd in a camera store for 15 years). The G2/Zeiss lenses system is the best I have ever used.

The 90 is so sharp I will have to get a soft filter for portraits. The 200 strobe is great. A lot of light from a small unit.

I like the way the camera feels - the controls are easy to use. I find no problems with the viewfinder. I don't think I could handle the Leica M's anymore due to my arthritis.

Anyway, I am very pleased with the G2 and reccommend it.

Jim
 
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"I purchased the G1 35mm combo - I was looking to add my next lens to the system. I take mostly landscape and some street action during my travels. I keep hearing about the 45mm having such great qualities (best CZ lens for G). But a 28mm or 90mm would probably give me a greater use value. Is the 90mm on the G1 subpar (focus etc?) Any recommendations would be appreciated."
 
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> Get the Biogon 2.8/28. I recently gave in and bought one to use on my G1 in place of the Planar 2/35 and 2/45. Used it during a recent trip to Venice. I thought it would be too wide to use as a day to day lens. Wrong. The results were superb. The lack of typical wide angle distortion > made even close up portraits excellent and it exceeded the Planars when used for landscapes. Highly recommended!

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