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Zeiss G1 Green Label


I have a G2 with 5 prime lenses (only the hologon is missing and maybe not for long). I'm new to the G game - all my previous experience has been with SLR's of one type or another.

I'm thinking about a second hand G1 as a backup (I'm paranoid about electronics. Give me a Contax version of the Nikon FM3A any day). I'd appreciate it if someone could let me know the ins and outs of lens compatibility.


So far as I know the only lens a green-label G1 cannot use is the zoom, so you should be in the clear.

G1s seem like a real bargain, so they offer a tempting choice as an affordable second body. I've thought of getting one myself with an eye towards keeping either the 21 or the 16 on it more or less permanently, and using the other lenses with the G2.



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Alex most of the Contax G1 Bodies from 94 / 95 had the Green Label. At first you had the 16mm, 28mm, 45mm and 90mm available. When the G2 was announced they also delivered the 21mm and 35mm lenses and they offered an upgrade. If you are in the U.K. and have an older model of G1 with the silver label it can be upgraded. There is a charge but if you are buying the 35 or 21mm lens it is done Free of Charge. Only lens you cannot use on the G1 to my knowledge is the 35 - 70 Zoom as it has 7 pins and the G1 only has 5 pins.
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