Contax G2 Review (black&white film)

Contax G2

Human beings cannot meet the future, otherwise no one will make so many beautiful film cameras. The contax brand has reappeared in the public eye. Contax T3 heats up first, and contax g2 heats up.

The contax g2 is a super cheap rangefinder camera, the autofocus version of the Leica m. Contax g is younger and more seductive than Leica m. If Leica m is “he”, contax g is “her”.

Contax G2


Fuji X-PRO1 is more like a digital version of Contax G. Contax G was not cheap in the 90s, and now the price is very acceptable. A brand new Fuji X-pro series camera is several times more expensive than the Contax G2. If you like the experience of the X-pro series, you can treat contax g as its film version.

Porsche is responsible for the design

For people who are used to Leica, the electronic camera can easily be regarded as a toy. However, after all, contax g2 is also a brand of German Zeiss. The contax g2 is designed by Porsche. It is also a professional model in a rangefinder camera.

auto focus

The rapid autofocus of contax G2 surprised me. I didn’t expect such a high-speed focusing system in the 1990s. The lineup of lens groups equipped at the time was also very strong: 16mm, 21mm, 28mm, 35mm, 45mm, 90mm. These lenses are very practical and the imaging is excellent.

Manual focus

Autofocus cameras are not good at taking pictures on the street. The Contax G2 is specially equipped with a manual focus dial, which is very useful for street photography.

Contax G2

Waste of film

I told my friends that I got a contax G2. He said it was a camera that wasted film. He was right, the film was finished soon, so fast. Autofocus, automatic filming, you just need to press the shutter.

G2 VS G1

G2 increases the focusing speed. G1 is very cheap. G21 white label cannot be used for G1 white label, G1 green label can be used. G2 supports all lenses.


Counter liquid crystal leakage is a common problem. It is also a common problem that plastic handles will peel off.

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leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim with blak&white film

leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim

leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim lens and its accessories are collectors’ favorites. They are beautiful and rare. But many people like to take photos with leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim.

Many people say that it is not sharp at f/1.4. I have used a leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim, in fact, it is good enough. Because the aperture f/1.4 is used only in low light, imaging is very good. At aperture F/2.8 is sharp enough, not much different from Leica’s summicron 35mm.

If you want a particularly sharp lens, then any Leica summicron is fine. The leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim is not as sharp as a modern asph lens at aperture F/1.4.

Leica leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim is very dramatic at aperture f/1.4, it is very sensitive. leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim sometimes gives you sharpness, sometimes it gives you overall soft effect.

People who purchase leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim must already own a lot of Leica lenses. Nowadays few people use it to take pictures. It is the world’s first 35mm lens with f1.4 aperture and the most beautiful one.

leica summilux-m 35 1.4 v1 steel rim
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My experience with Rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs (kodak black & white films)

Rolleiflex 3.5 mx-evs with kodak black & white films

I’m not a fan of dual-lens reflex cameras, but everyone says that every Leica user has a Rollei dual-lens reflex camera at home. I think this makes sense.
My camera is a very cheap Rolleiflex mx-evs. This is the last generation of Rollei dual-reflex cameras that can’t change the focusing screen, and there is no metering function. A little bit like Leica’s M3, fully manual, fully mechanical, and the quality is excellent.

Rollei camera is good

Rolleiflex mx-evs, like the early models of Rollei cameras, uses Tessar lenses. Later Rollai cameras used better lenses from Zeiss and Schneider, such as 2.8f and 3.5f. I think any Rollei is very artistic, and the quality of the early models is very good, and the automatic counter recognition is also great. Rollei cameras are as sophisticated as Leica cameras, and very good.

Street photography with Rolleiflex mx-evs

I love Robert Doisneau, a master of street photography who uses Rollei cameras. There was an interesting story back then. The newspaper published Henri Cartier Bresson’s article about Leica’s lightness and portability. The next day, the newspaper published an article about Robert Doisneau’s camera that was good at snapping.

Up to now, many people like to use the Rollei dual-reflex camera for street photography, especially the recently discovered Vivienne Mayer, who is also a master of street photography. She likes the Rollei camera very much.

I used Rolleiflex mx-evs street photography and found it really interesting. The image in the viewfinder is opposite to reality. There is a feeling of being away from reality and entering a world where the left and right are opposite. And the photos taken by Rolleiflex mx-evs are very nice.

However, I found that the 120 model film is very different from the 135 model film. My estimation based on 135 film experience is particularly prone to overexposure. Later it was rarely used.

Rolleiflex mx-evs lens

Square composition, shallow depth of field, these two points are the biggest features of Rolleiflex mx-evs lens. This lens is actually very easy to take good pictures, especially portraits. Many people are obsessed with its beautiful bokeh. The 120-format film used by Rolleiflex mx-evs is four times larger than the 135-format film, making it easier to scan high-quality photos.

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leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films review

leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films

Cookies in the pocket-Leica Leica Elmar35 f/3.5

The designer of Leica elmar 35 f/3.5 is Max Berek, the father of Leica optics. The Elmar 35mm f/3.5 is Leica’s first wide-angle lens, using my favorite Elmar 50/3.5 Tessar lens design. It has many versions with a long history. There are coated, uncoated, chrome, nickel, etc.

Leica Elmar35 f/3.5 is less than Summaron 35 3.5, but the price is similar. If you can meet a good one, please take it immediately. Elmar35, like Elmar50, is an absolutely reliable lens.

Three incredible points of elmar35

  1. Small

Raising Elmar35, its eyes are very cute like three months of Teddy. This is a 35mm wide-angle lens, which is much smaller than summicron m35 2.8. Elmar35 with M2, M4 or M3 is very light and can be put in your pocket. Especially suitable for people like me who take street photography anytime and anywhere. So small, any street photographer will love it

  1. Real.

The photos taken by Elmar35 and summicron 35 f2 are not much different. Although the performance is not as good as summicron 35 f2, it is enough for street photography. The f/3.5 aperture is sharp enough, especially in the center of the photo. Shrink the aperture and the sharpness will continue to increase.

  1. Strong.

The design of the Tessar lens used by Elmar35 has a history of more than 80 years ago. Elmar35 is made of brass. After more than half a century, it still can perfectly accommodate modern digital cameras. Elmar35 is a lens that will never break.


leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films

Sharpness at aperture f/3.5 is still good. Shrinking the aperture can increase sharpness and also increase the depth of field. In actual use, I will use the yellow filter of leica A36. When the light is too strong, then reduce the aperture. The yellow filter is very friendly to black and white film photography.


Elmar35 has bokeh. A bit like the bokeh of summicron 35mm f2 v1, and a bit like the bokeh of summicron 35mm f2 v4, or a mixture of them. When shooting a character, deliberately deviating from the focus, you can get a special soft beauty.

leica elmar 35mm f/3.5 with black & white films


Not many a36 series filters are used for uv filters. More are yellow filters, which can shoot healthier skin, and can also enhance the contrast between blue sky and white clouds. In black and white photography, it is still necessary to apply a yellow filter to elmar 35 3.5, you no longer need a lens cover.


Black paint hood FLQOO, I suggest to put one in your pocket. Bring it when you face the light at noon, because ELMAR35 has poor resistance to backlighting, especially in digital. However, more people are willing to collect this hood.


The glare of Elmar35 3.5 is very interesting, the light is evenly distributed to all around.

Digital performance

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leica summilux 35 1.4 v1 steel rim with color films

leica summilux 35 1.4 v1 steel rim with color films

artwork summilux

Playing with photography equipment is not a required course for photography. But a lens like an artwork can convey a mysterious energy. Leica sleica summilux 35 1.4 v1 steel rim is known as Leica’s most beautiful lens and the most luxurious lens in the 135 camera. The exterior design is beautiful, made of brass, exquisite lettering, it is indeed a work of art.

luxury steel rim

The steel ring in front of the lens makes the lens very luxurious, especially with the hood. Its focusing finger handle is smooth and beautiful.

leica summilux 35 1.4 v1 steel rim with color films

Leica summilux 35 1.4 v1 steel rim versions

Prototype compolux

The aperture ring is flat and has no resistance lines. There are only 2 prototypes, one for m2 version in the Leica Museum, and the other for m3 version in the private, top-level collection.

Black leica summilux 35 1.4 v1 steel rim

The black body has a silver front ring and silver bayonet. There are versions for m2 and for m3. They are very rare collectibles.

All black leica summilux 35 1.4 v1 steel rim

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Image Samples


Leica’s wide-angle lens LEICA 28MM F/2 SUMMICRON-M is a great lens. The image is very sharp from f/2, and each aperture is very similar. It is so good that there are not many stories in this lens.


LEICA 28MM F/2 SUMMICRON-M was released in the film age. It evolved from the fourth generation elmarit m28 2.8. The LEICA 28MM F/2 SUMMICRON-M has a good three-dimensional feel, and its style is between classic and modern lenses.

Air cutting

LEICA 28MM F/2 SUMMICRON-M bokeh is very smooth, “air cut”. The protagonist and background are a combination of sharpness and beauty. However, I don’t like its front bokeh, it’s not natural. The bokeh behind it is very good, making the picture clean and tidy without clutter.

Closer distance

The wide-angle lens does not put more things into it, but makes you closer to the subject.

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minox 35 mb with black & white films

minox 35 mb with black & white films

Minox was originally a spy camera. This gene seems to be inherited to minox35. Minox35 uses normal 135 film, which is very compact and durable. Minox is now a subsidiary of Leica.

Compared with Contax TVS III and Minolta TC-1, the biggest advantage of minox is that it is cheap and light.

First minox is equipped with top German lenses. Although it is a plastic body, it is very strong. The advantage of plastic is that it is lightweight, and the shirt pocket can be put in.

The minox structural design is simple and effective. Plateaus and snow mountains can work. This machine has a very large quantity and is cheap. If it is worn out, replace it with a new one.

MINOX is Andy Warhol’s favorite camera, he has a lot of minox with flash. The minox with flash is very cute, and the flashing photos are also very cute.

minox 35 mb with black & white films
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Carl Zeiss 45mm F/2 Planar Review with black & white film

contax g2 45mm f/2

Only if you don’t follow the trend, can you have a true self

Zeiss is very smart with a 45mm focal length. Compared with the 50mm lens, this particular focal length is impressive. The G45 f/2 is the star of the Zeiss contax rangefinder system, and many people like it. The Contax G series is a legend in itself, with a new rangefinder system and full focal length coverage.

The sharpest standard lens

G45 is the main lens of contax in the 1990s, known as the world’s sharpest standard lens, Zeiss style. The sharpest lens in the G series is the G90mm f/2.8, followed by the G45. The sharpness of the G90 at aperture f/2.8 is comparable to that of Leica’s 90mm f/2 AA.

contax g2 45mm f/2

Made in japan

Although the G45 is made in Japan, the style is Zeiss’s own. Only 16mm of G series lenses are made in Germany, the rest are made in Japan. Actually made in Japan is also very good.

contax g2 45mm f/2


Many people use g45 f2 for digital cameras. Because the light of the 45mm lens is more vertical, there will be no red shift in the corners. Sony a7 users are very fond of this lens. Closer to the original Zeiss style. The G45 is very lightweight and is the perfect partner for Sony a-series cameras.


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leica iiig review ( with elmar 90mm f4 black & white film)

leica iiig elmar 90mm f4

There are many models of Leica L39 cameras that look very similar. The biggest feature of IIIG is the two square windows in front. The Leica M3 was introduced in 1955, followed by the IIIG in 1956, and IIIG production continued until 1960. With the development of the Leica M camera, the Leica L39 camera gradually withdrew from the market.

Japan has always had a lot of L39 camera enthusiasts, and for some time Leica produced L39 lenses exclusively for the Japanese market.

leica iiig elmar 90mm f4

A large number of Henri Cartier Bresson’s photos were taken with the L39 camera, and many of his own portraits also carry the L39 camera. The Leica camera that really experienced World War II is not the Leica M, but the Leica L39 camera. It can be said that the Leica L39 camera is the spiritual origin of Leica.

I think Leica is reluctant to discontinue IIIG, why? Because there are no accessories. After World War II, Leica IIIG’s design drawings and production processes were lost, and qualified workers could not be found. Due to lack of means of production, the quality of IIIC IIIf shrank seriously after the war. Instead of continuing production, it is necessary to rebuild the production line, and the various costs are simply not as good as rebuilding a system. This gave birth to the Leica M.

However, in order to meet the needs of a few users, Leica continued to produce a small amount of IIIG, and eventually used up all the stock parts. However, these are my personal guesses.

leica iiig vs leica m3

leica iiig elmar 90mm f4

Functionally speaking, all the functions that M3 has are available in IIIG. There are 2 biggest differences in function:

  1. M3 has merged the viewfinder and focus windows into one window.
  2. M3 has merged the shutter dial and slow-gate dial into one disc.

M3 is an upgraded version of IIIG, which had epoch-making significance at that time. In addition to the two upgrades just mentioned, there are three changes:

  1. The M3’s back has added a back cover that can be lifted to facilitate film loading.
  2. The film transition from the original rotation to a wrench increases the film speed.
  3. The top of the machine is more concise and neat.

IIIG also has advantages:

  1. Large focusing window, easy to focus with 90mm lens.
  2. Ultra-light weight, not tired to hang on the neck, nor to sink in the pocket, the essence of Leica
  3. Cheap price, the best IIIG is the price of ordinary color M3.
  4. Easy maintenance.
  5. The diopter adjustment is gone on the M machine, while iiig is kept. iiig disadvantages

It is inconvenient for L39 camera to install film. The film needs to be cut on one side, otherwise it cannot be loaded into the body.

Compact lens

leica sa21mm f/4
28mm 6.3
elmar 35mm f/3.5
summicron 50mm f/2
elmar 50 3.5
elmar 90mm f/4

L39 lens

The Leica L39 camera is arguably the best L39 camera in the world. Imitations are everywhere in the world, and Canon, Nikon and other companies have also produced a large number of L39 lenses. In addition, Ricoh, Minolta, Pentax and other companies have also produced a large number of L39 limited edition lenses.

L39 camera It represents the mechanical art of Leica.

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( IllustratedLeica Index )

The illustrated index of the Leica Code Word List has been compiled owing to the demand for an illustrated quick reference guide to the Leica system .

Over the years we have reprinted a number of Leica catalogues ,however ,to find a particular reference it has meant leafing through many pages and books .When Leica -TheFirst Fifty Years was produced it was not intended to include many of the accessories or lenses ,therefore they were included in the book at the end .The prime concern of Leica -The First Fifty Years was to illustrate and list the cameras produced .The above reasons were the main purpose for the compilation of this handbook .

The basis of this handbook was the complete Code Word List as detailed in Leica -TheFirst Fifty Years which covers over 2 000items ,a large majority of which were included for completeness .Obviously one would not illustrate all similar items ( is aware of the many filter variations ,colour ,size ,finish ,fittings ,etc .,the same applying to projector sundries ),which in their own right could well account for some hundreds of code references .Therefore one is left with a nucleus of cameras ,viewfinders ,closeup accessories ,darkroom equipment ,etc .,and these we have endeavoured to illustrate in this handbook .Again one can get an instance where five codes would illustrate the same camera but with different lenses .In this case one example is illustrated ,and missing illust rations show the same camera with a different lense .( Ratherthan show separate headings under individual code words we have amalgamated them together under the camera body ).As one will note the cameras only occupy a small part of this handbook ,therefore allowing for greater coverage of the Leica Accessories .For example ,in the close -upand copy equipment chapter (thisbeing the largest section of this book )we have included innumerable items that have only appeared in specialised reference catalogues ,such items not being normally available to the individual .Other sections cover rangefinders ,accessories and lenses .

We are sure that the Leica Collectors Guide will prove a most useful reference for the Leica enthusiast .We do realise that this edition does not include every item ,as it has been very difficult to find illustrations of some of the more unusual items .The publishers will always be pleased to hear of any obvious omissions ,accompanied with illustrations ,for inclusion in future editions .

D .R.Grossmark

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