Contax G2 Photo Reviews...
... and a few Gripes !
Major Gripes & 'G3' Improvements
Reviews : There are several very well written and objective reviews on the web. As they are far better written than any thing I can write I would refer you to them. Try the following...
Review by Tom Shea for photo.net
Review by Dave Beckerman
User Reviews from Photography Review
Here, in brief, are my own likes and gripes about the camera...
1.) Comfortable to hold. Solid and secure feeling.
2.) Small light lenses. Easily pocketable.
3.) No problem with view finder with or without glasses.
4.) I don't find it noisy or obtrusive nor does my Partner.
and of course ... Superb results when I use my eyes !!!
1.) It needs an aperture readout in the viewfinder. Occasionally I leave the lens cap on and the aperture ring occasionally rotates !
2.) Spot Metering. The central focusing rectangle would suffice as a spot.
3.) There needs be a facility for attaching an ordinary right-angle viewer for low or lowish shots. My knees creak a bit when kneeling and the ground is often wet.
4.) Pressing the cable release button sets focusing and shutter cycle into operation. The cable release should have two pressures - the first for focusing and parallax compensation, the second for firing the shutter.
1.) 16mm Hologon is a mite expensive for non-lottery entrants.
2.) There should be a lock on the exposure compensation dial as there is with the shutter dial
3.) Contax/Kyocera should have designed a Leica 39mm screw to Contax G adapter on the drawing board. It is perverse as the difference in mount to film-plane is only 1mm too short!
4.) I would love a cheap Infra-red shutter release like P&Ss have. Far less fiddly to use and dirt cheap to produce.
5.) The tiny plastic cable release screw cover is far too easily lost !!!
Limitations : No, I do not wish to use macro, telephoto or seriously fast lenses (f1.4 etc.) on my G2. For these tasks I have a very adequate SLR.