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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:04 am    Post subject: Contax G2 with Planar 2/45 [open thread] Reply with quote

This is an "open thread" (not personal showcase). If you have this camera/lens combo, please feel free to add your pictures and experience of use. If you don't have it, you can add comments or questions or anything related.

I will begin by saying that this is a killer combination, that everyone keen on rangefinders should consider. Once quite expensive, this combo can be obtained used on the Ebay for a total sum of about 500 Euros for camera+lens.

The following shots were taken on Velvia 100 and digitalized on duplicator with Canon EOS 5D, Asahi bellows, and Industar-61L macro lens:











Last edited by Orio on Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:42 am; edited 2 times in total


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I have two Canon G2's, but they are not even close! Laughing I like all of
these, using the NEW technique! In the 2nd shot is that haze or fog rolling
in around the eaves of the building? Just fabulous results from the Planar,
and the "scans"!


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Katastrofo wrote:
Well, I have two Canon G2's, but they are not even close! Laughing I like all of
these, using the NEW technique! In the 2nd shot is that haze or fog rolling
in around the eaves of the building?


It's flare, quite hard to explain given the excellent characteristic of the lens. I tend to blame it more on the film and it's typical characteristic of "spreading the highlights" over the bordering chemicals.

Katastrofo wrote:
Just fabulous results from the Planar,
and the "scans"!


Yes, "scan" is important!


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another two images of the same "breed" and specs as above:





PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow! impressive lens wide open!


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
I will begin by saying that this is a killer combination, that everyone keen on rangefinders should consider. Once quite expensive, this combo can be obtained used on the Ebay for a total sum of about 500 Euros for camera+lens.


These "Scans" are just amazing. Once again It is never tiring to view this series Smile

In the thought you have above about this lens and it's high cost/value ratio. I would like to suggest one more thing to the group. The Contax G1 and 2/45 combo can be had for as little as $300 at times on US ebay as well as an occasional combo at KEH.com. The G1 is not as compatible as the G2 with other system lenses (without a firmware update). But if you consider this as a "fixed lens rangefinder" It is a killer that stands it's own in the IQ department against some serious contenders (read Leicacrons). It is truly a remarkable package. And a camera system that is a pleasure to use once you dial it in.

Here is one at KEH for $425 that has the G2 update. The update brings computability with the lenses that where added to the G system later (when the G2 was introduced). Without the update the G1 has trouble focusing with the Sonnar 2.8/90, Planar 2/35, and Vario Sonnar 35-70. All the other lenses work fine without. With the update full compatibility is available.

http://www.keh.com/OnLineStore/ProductList.aspx?Mode=&item=0&ActivateTOC2=&BC=CG&BCC=1&ID=13&CC=1&CCC=1&BCL=&GBC=&GCC=


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I confess I actually like G1 better than G2, hehehe.

It is smaller and does AF reasonably well, and lighter too. One of my G1s
always had G-21mm mounted on, but not these days. I personally like to
use 35mm (yes Planar 2/35), so that I mount 2/35 often on G1.

Anyhow I highly recommend G1 (farmware updated one if you want to use
Planar 2/35) and cheaper too, just as Andy mentions.

City of Kingston @f5.6 many years ago fall.


Of course this is P2/45 thread, I add one by P2/45. (I like beautiful girls too.)

Flash did not fire, but this is fun.


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, more from our trip to Spain and morocco. G1+P2/45

Toledo (Provia 100)

Flamenco in Cordoba (Provia 100+Flash)

Tarifa (Provia 100)

Berbar village in northern Morcco(Velvia 100)


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

impressive samples Koji!
how do you scan them?


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great slides and scans Koji, I am especially impressed by the Toledo one!


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Guys,,,

I now use Epson V700 (GT-900 in Japan), now there is V800 model already.
Those were scanned auto-mode with 2,400 dpi, nothing special since too
many photos must be scanned. I could ask EDP shop to make Kodak CDs,
but I like to do it myself, this is a part of my hobby y'know. Very Happy

Before V700, I used to use GT-700, is flat-bed-scanner there is always
dusty spots, that kills me. But I occasionally use TLR, so need a scanner
that can scan 6x6 too. (I do not have 4x5 luckily.)

The only thing I care is film flatness during scan, so I scan very fast
so that film does not have time to curl, this is another reason to do
auto-mode it can scan up to 24 frames one after another.


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Orio wrote:
Another two images of the same "breed" and specs as above:


Orio, this first image is simply wonderful. Where have you been keeping these amazing shots? Cool

I am imagining the deep shadows "coming out" with the use of a flash in the photoscan....

The colors here are so vibrant, and the perceived resolution from the lens is breathtaking.


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more great shots, Orio!

Koji, wonderful shots, you are very well-traveled! Like the flamenco dancer
even though it's a party foul not showing the feet of a dancer! Laughing Really
like the shot where the flash didn't fire, sometimes accidents make for very
interesting results!

I, too, am curious as to how these were scanned.

Thanks for sharing, fellas!

Bill


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful samples! I am really lost, my next birthday present will be a G1 Wink


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the G1 is something I will be looking for, too. Wink


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, ok. Here is leg(s) of dancer, top in Cordoba in Spain and bottom belly dancer(s)
in Marrakech in Morocco. Very Happy Very Happy




The top one shows how good Planar 2/45 is, the bottom one was shot by Fuji F10
just for your laugh.


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love both of these! Smile Thanks for including legs this time. Wink The F10
is great for low light situations since it can handle higher ISO with low noise.

Thanks for sharing, (I like pretty girls, too) Wink

Bill


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

koji wrote:
Thanks Guys,,,

I now use Epson V700 (GT-900 in Japan), now there is V800 model already.
Those were scanned auto-mode with 2,400 dpi, nothing special since too
many photos must be scanned. I could ask EDP shop to make Kodak CDs,
but I like to do it myself, this is a part of my hobby y'know. Very Happy

Before V700, I used to use GT-700, is flat-bed-scanner there is always
dusty spots, that kills me. But I occasionally use TLR, so need a scanner
that can scan 6x6 too. (I do not have 4x5 luckily.)

The only thing I care is film flatness during scan, so I scan very fast
so that film does not have time to curl, this is another reason to do
auto-mode it can scan up to 24 frames one after another.


koji: I realize it's rather premature, and that my question is subjective only. But, do you see a difference between the "photoscans" being shown, and the output from the V700 for 35mm transparencies?

On my monitor, I certainly see an improvement, but maybe that's an anomaly, since there are so many variables when looking at anything on a monitor...


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hah ha!
These are fun to see.
Is that you with the Belly dancer Koji?


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laurence

I have never done "photoscan", so cannot answer your question.
But I can guess photoscan will be much better, since they use a drum-scanner,
though the output file is not very large I gather. I may be incorrect.

My scan always uses 2,400 dpi, if I want a much better scan I use 3,200
or more dpi. But the output becomes too large even in Jpeg format,
that is a killer since my computer is not too powerful. When the film
is dusty or dirty, I set the output to TIFF format so I can PP without
a fear of loosing quality. V700 can handles up to 8 slides at one time,
which is a bit short but okay, i mostly use FUJI Reala negative film so far.
For film, V700 can scan 24 frames at one time.

Slide film is harder to scan correctly in colour IMO, and never achieved
a good print form it.

The above is not what you are asking, but I have no control of how you see
these images on your screen. I make every image file with ADOBE 1988 profile,
this might affect your seeing too, since I upload my Jpeg files without changing
this profile to sRGB.


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Andy. Embarassed Embarassed


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are not necessary Embarassed Embarassed for you Koji.

Michelle just saw this picture and asked who the handsome guy is.

Of course she thinks that of me so maybe we must consider the source Embarassed Embarassed


Laughing


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Koji,
I wish I had your body fitness!


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a photo I took with a G2 and Planar 2/45. Scan was dusty, so I had to clean up some spots.



PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very bright, crispy image Mike Shocked