Contax G system

Discontinued

Contax G1

35mm AF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1994
Mount: Contax G
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Electronically controlled
Speeds: 16 - 1/2000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes: Aperture-priority Auto
Manual
Dimensions: 133x77x42mm
Weight: 460g

Contax G2

35mm AF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1996
Mount: Contax G
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Electronically controlled
Speeds: 16 - 1/6000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes: Aperture-priority Auto
Manual
Dimensions: 139x80x45mm
Weight: 560g

Contax G1

35mm AF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1994
Mount: Contax G
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Electronically controlled
Speeds: 16 - 1/2000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes: Aperture-priority Auto
Manual
Dimensions: 133x77x42mm
Weight: 460g

Contax G2

35mm AF film rangefinder camera

Announced: 1996
Mount: Contax G
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Electronically controlled
Speeds: 16 - 1/6000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes: Aperture-priority Auto
Manual
Dimensions: 139x80x45mm
Weight: 560g

A system consisting of two autofocus 35mm rangefinder cameras - Contax G1 (1994) and Contax G2 (1996), made by Kyocera, with fully electronic mount, electronically controlled shutter and TTL exposure meter, which supports aperture-priority automatic exposure metering. Both cameras have a sleek design and a durable body. Compared to the G1, the G2 has improved autofocus performance, and the shutter speed range is extended to 1/6000 sec.

A small but practical lens lineup consisted of autofocus models designed by Carl Zeiss and manufactured in Japan, as well as the manual focus Hologon 16mm f/8 lens, which was made in Germany. Despite the fact that the lenses support not only automatic, but also manual focusing, they are not equipped with a focusing ring, since focusing is always performed by a DC motor built into the camera.

Camera lineup

Contax G mount lens lineup

Lenses found: 7
Ultra-wide angle prime lenses
Carl Zeiss G Hologon T* 16mm F/8Pancake lensPro 1994 
Carl Zeiss G Biogon T* 21mm F/2.8Pro 1996 
Wide-angle prime lenses
Carl Zeiss G Biogon T* 28mm F/2.8 1994 
Carl Zeiss G Planar T* 35mm F/2 1996 
Standard prime lenses
Carl Zeiss G Planar T* 45mm F/2 1994 
Short telephoto prime lenses
Carl Zeiss G Sonnar T* 90mm F/2.8 1994 
Standard zoom lenses
Carl Zeiss G Vario-Sonnar T* 35-70mm F/3.5-5.6 1999 
  • Completeness of lens lineup
  • Enthusiast photography
    75%

    No dedicated lenses for distant subjects photography, wild nature photography.

    Professional photography
    60%

    No dedicated lenses for professional wild nature photography, architectural photography with perspective correction, professional macrophotography.

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