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Contax G1 - Camera

Contax G1 - Camera

Autofocus G-mount 35mm electronic rangefinder camera with interchangeable lenses released by Contax in 1994. An electronic connection between the camera and the lens to transmit data but the focusing (both AF and manual) is driven by a motor in the camera. "Green Label" G1 bodies are compatible with 21mm and 35mm lenses. Titanium body available in champagne finish.

  • Shutter: Focal-plane, Manual: 1s - 1/2000s + B, Auto: 16s – 1/2000s
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.5m
  • ISO range: 6 - 6400 (via DX)
  • Size: 133 × 77 × 35mm
  • Weight: 450g
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Contax G

The Contax G1 and G2 were produced by Yashica/Contax parent company Kyocera in the 1990s. These cameras use a hybrid rangefinder autofocus system with two windows that triangulate the focus distance passively. It's an automatic version of the rangefinder system found in other 35mm cameras.

Upon release, the G1 was criticized for the speed and accuracy of this system. The G2 fixed many of these issues by adding an active AF system on top of the passive one. The passive system controls general focus and the active system fine tunes things before the shutter is pressed.

One of the defining features of the G system are the lenses. The seven G lenses are widely regarded as some of the best lenses ever made for film or digital cameras. From the ultra-wide 16mm Hologon to the world’s only zoom lens for rangefinder cameras, there are many interesting options in the G mount.

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Contax G1 - Camera Price History
Date Sold SKU Quality Control Price Image
23 Jan 2024 E19759 € 1,284.22 Contax G1 - Camera Image
02 Jan 2024 T59571 € 1,199.00 Contax G1 - Camera Image
18 Nov 2023 T32390 € 638.10 Contax G1 - Camera Image
13 Sep 2023 T52043 € 628.99 Contax G1 - Camera Image
13 Jul 2023 T46350 € 1,099.00 Contax G1 - Camera Image
05 Jul 2023 T46495 € 1,199.00 Contax G1 - Camera Image
08 Mar 2023 T30794 € 723.27 Contax G1 - Camera Image
29 Jun 2022 T16900 € 749.00 Contax G1 - Camera Image