Contax g2 Planar 45mm f2 Black&White Review

contax g2 planar 45mm f2

Contax and Leica “Normal” Lenses

Old lens life is the crossing of a sea, where we meet in the same narrow ship. The Contax G45 lenses are every bit as good as Leica non-ASPH 50 lenses. The G45 have slightly redder in color rendition. And the Leica is silky smooth. I took some great images with it, the G45 being my favorite with G1.

Zeiss Look

The Contax 45mm f2 is an autofocus rangefinder lens for the Contax G1 and G2 cameras, that offer the distinct ZEISS look; a unique, unrivaled image quality defined by its sharpness, color, and contrast. Shooting at f/2 the image appears to pop out of the background.

Beautiful bokeh

Don’t worry ti is not a very fast lens. By increasing the distance between the background and your subject (0.5 -1meters), you can see smooth bokeh in images. Other distances are a bit harsh.

Hood

Contax GG-2 Lens Hood, Chrome, for 45mm f/2

This lens hood is used to protect your lens from scratches or other possible damage. Make sure to use a lens hood to protect your lens in the case it is dropped.

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Carl Zeiss 45mm F/2 Planar Review with black & white film

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Carl Zeiss 45mm F/2 Planar  Review with black & white film

Since I choose rangefinder camera, I only care about the Leica M and Contax G. Street photography is a journey, not a destination. Learn to enjoy the rangefinder.

45mm Planar Design

The Planar® T* 2/45 lens with a field angle of 50º has been designed as the standard lens for the Contax G compact cameras. This is an all-round lens which features not only good image quality, but also a wide initial aperture. 

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.

These properties allow the use of this Planar® T* lens in almost all classic fields of photography. The Planar® T* 2/45 lens has been designed for use with the autofocus connection of the Contax G compact cameras.

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