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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Alternatives

The ones that are highlighted in blue are the recommended lenses.

The ones that are crossed out are the lenses from manufacturers who do not provide adequate quality control. Usually, one doesn't want to purchase them.

Alternatives

The ones that are crossed out are the lenses from manufacturers who do not provide adequate quality control. Usually, one doesn't want to purchase them.

Alternatives

The ones that are highlighted in blue are the recommended lenses.