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Moving into Rangefinder G1 good option

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chrono72

Hi,

I currently own a S2 and AX with four lenses. I'm a student, so money's tight a lot of times (don't ask how I afforded Contax in the first place, lol). I want to try out Rangefinder shooting, and I found on ebay a mint G1 with a 45mm mint for 500.00

Anyways, I'm thinking of dropping the money for it. My question is, Is a G1 a good camera to start work with Rangefinders? I know this is a Contax forum, but are their used bodies I should look at?

I plan on using the G1 or other for light photojournalism and personal pleasure (parties and stuff). Nothing I think that would push the limits of the body, that's what my S2 and AX are for. Let me know, thanks.

Ken
 

coodeville

Well-Known Member
Go with the G2. I've used both. I still use the G2 for certain situations such as street photography. If you get a G1, you will eventually become desirous for the G2 since it's so much better and nicer.
 
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picturetaker

Stik to the thing you got. The G Lenses are great and the G1 and G2 are god, but remember thre are no controlls if the AF metering is working proper and this is not because the user is a fool.
 
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geggi

I agree completely with K Michael wich said
"Go with the G2. I've used both. I still use the G2 for certain
situations such as street photography. If you get a G1, you will
eventually become desirous for the G2 since it's so much better and
nicer."
 
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aristharcus

Hi Ken,

>>> Is a G1 a good camera to start work with Rangefinders

Let me tell you that I regularly use a Leica IIIf, an M2 and a G1. From my point of view, and having into account the actual prices for secondhand G1s, there is not a better way to start into the Rangefinfer World. Lenses are superb, specially the 45mm Planar and don't be worry about all the things people say about problems focusing or a too small viefinder:

- Viewfinder small: True but not a thing impossible to live with. It has more or less the same size as the one in my Leica IIIf. - Focusing problems: Absolutley not an issue. Even with my 90mm Sonnar I have never had a problem. I suspect this is more an issue about people not reading the manuals. Previously I used a Nikon F801s (N8008s in the States) and from the point of view of an user, both AF systems are the same.

So go for it. A lot of photographic pleasueres are waiting for you. You can check some of my pictures (made with the G1 and Leicas) at:

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Cheers, Luis Argüelles
 

faisal

Member
Auto focus in the G1 may or may not be as bad as people say it is (I haven=92t used it myself) but I would think very seriously about it considering how dependent the G series is on auto focus
 

arrow

Member
a couple of things, first of all you can get a used G1 & 45mm lens AND TLA200 flash from B&H photovideo for $599, condition is demo so it should be a great outfit.
I started with a G1 and love it! The focus is a little slow for talking pictures of moving objects like my 5 year old son. If focus speed isn't important I'd get a G1 and try it out. You'll spend at least $200 more for a G2, for that you can get a nice used 2nd lens. If you decide the G1 isn't working for you then sell it on ebay and pickup a G2. Good luck, you'll love the lenses.
 

panamacolin

Well-Known Member
Richard Good Advice!

I have been using my G1 for 4 months now and have shot a good amount of film. I dont see any problems with the autofocus it is plenty fast and accurate. I like the size compared to the G2, if I want to carry a big camera I have a Nikon F4. Also in pitch black you cant see through the finder on either the g1 or g2 because the green led's are all you can see, this is where the G1 has the advantage over the G2 because it has focus assist light you can see. I just aim with the assist light and shoot....perfect results using the TLA 140. The G2 has an infra-red focussing beam meaning you cant see it so in pitch dark you are SOL.

The biggest drawback of the camera is the viewfinder and if using a lens hood you can see it in the bottom right corner in the frame. Also when shooting at close distances what you see in the frame is not always correct. I love my G1 and wouldnt trade it for anything else.
Im sure you will love the camera and you already know how good these lenses are!
 

panamacolin

Well-Known Member
Oh forgot one thing...make sure to get a G1 with a green lable inside the film chamber. If it doesnt have all the green lable you cant use the 21mm or 35mm. Also if you plan on using the zoom lens 35-70 you need a G2, from my understanding the G1 cant use the zoom. Otherwise my vote is for the G1.
 

panamacolin

Well-Known Member
A friend of mine bought the package you mentioned for 599.99, thats 650. after tax maybe a little more with shipping..

I just wanted to mention that if you plan on manual focussing often, DO NOT GET THE G1 get the G2. The G2 is much better for this!
 
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picturetaker

The G1 and the G2 are difficult to handle cameras. Especially there are problems of the focusing (mesuring of the distance in AF).
The G Cameras have a tyni finder, they also make it almost impossible to make pictures in the dark.
There is no light in the display to show you how many frames you can take and when the light lights up in the Viefinder you cant see anything in the background to selcect your frame. So you have to switch of the camera to view through the finder to select the scenery.

If you got a satisfiing Camera and lenses, i would not buy any Rangefinder Camera. But I very recomend to try such a Rangefinder at least for one day, so you can get your own Opinion. 650 bucks is not a peanut.
 
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chrono72

Thanks for everyone's input. I really appreciate it. I decided to purchase a G2 with a 45mm. It was a little more (for both around 700.00), but I bought the 45 new (taking advantage of the rebate). the Bod y is in perfect condition with its warranty cards unfilled.

I'm looking to try it out, I have never owned a rangefinder before, and especially since I do a lot of manual focusing, it was wiser for me to get the G2.

Geez, I own too much Contax Equipment now (S2, AX and G2). Oh well, not something to complain about
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Ken
 

gjames52

Well-Known Member
Ken:

Congratulations on your G2 purchase.

But, please never state or imply that one can have too much equipment. If that information got out (in the wrong hands) that could cause an enormous number of problems. One that I would never hear the end of.

Happy Shooting

Gilbert
 

olhamaria

New Member
I THINK THE G2 WOULD BE A BETTER CHOICE.
UPCOMING - (STARTING OCTOBER 30) - THE NEW
CONTAX PROMO - HAS SOME GOOD REBATES ON THE G2
SYTEM. (I THINK THE REBATES ARE THE BEST I HAVE SEEN TO DATE)
I WOULD ALSO LOOK AT THE VOIGTLANDER RANGEFINDER
SYSTEM AS AN OPTION.
 
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rickd

Gilbert makes a very good point!

I've discovered, accidently of course, that there's a critical mass of photo equipment to acquire, beyond which one's spouse can no longer detect addtional equipment: e.g., if you have two camera bodies or three lenses, it's very easy to spot any addition to the collection. But, if you have six bodies and twelve lenses, new ones blend right in!

What's implicit, of course, is that it's very dangerous territory you're traveling in until that critical mass is achieved. And by the way, it's better to not have your gear all neatly organized, disarray is preferred.

--Rick
 
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