The Contax G1 is the predecessor to the Contax G2 camera, the most advanced 35mm rangefinder ever made, and arguably the one of the finest 35mm cameras ever made. With the addition of the Carl Zeiss T lenses which have been tested to be some of the sharpest lenses ever created for 35mm, you have a combination that can produce outstanding photographs. Even through 2015 serious photographers are still using the G1 and G2 camera systems.
The Contax G1 FAQ is written and maintained by me, Allan Hall
Specifications of the Contax G1
Size – 5.3in x 3.1in x 1.7in
Power -2 CR2 batteries should get you approximately 80 rolls of 24exp film
Flash sync – 1/100 sec
Motor speed – 2FPS
Operational Modes of the Contax G1
Other functions of the Contax G1
ASA/ISO Setting– DX from 25-5000, manual setting 6-6400.
Optional Accessories for the Contax G1
GD-1 Data Back– Imprints date and time within the picture area, CR2025 battery.
Lenses Available for the Contax G1
90mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* (1994, Popular Photography said this was the sharpest medium tele lens they ever tested)
General Information about the Contax G1
The shutter is a Titanium leaf vertical travel focal plane model that runs from 16sec to 1/2000sec. Metering is accomplished with a center-weighted meter off of the shutter curtain. No spot metering etc is available.
Q&A for the Contax G1
Q: Is there any way to use other lenses?
Q: Can I shoot macro shots with this camera?
Q: I see some cameras listed as “green” stickers or labels, what is this?
Q: I have heard that the lenses for this camera are better than <insert brand here>, is that true?
Q: Why a rangefinder?
Q: Can you still get the green sticker upgrade or other factory work done?
A: No. Contax, lastly a division of Kyocera, ceased operations in 2005.
Q: Why film?
2016 update: Digital camera are even better today, as are the software tools to process the images. You can now create images in digital that will fool 90% or more of people into thinking it was shot with film. Film is still fun to use and unique which is why the G1 body still sells for around $100 on auction sites while the 28mm 2.8 Biogen sells for approximately $300. Even after twenty two years there is good demand for these cameras and accessories.
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