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Contax G1
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Some say this is the best rangefinder of all times. This made me curious ;)

Technical Data
Manufacturer
Yashica
Build 1994-1996
Type 35mm AF range finder camera with focal plane shutter
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Lens Mount Contax G mount
Shutter 16 sec. to 1/2000 sec. at Aperture-Priority auto exposure
Manual mode ... 1 sec. to 1/2000 sec.
B and X (1/100 sec.)
Sync Contacts Direct X contact (syncronizing speeds 1/100 sec. or slower), provided with sync terminal
Self-timer Electronic self-timer with a 10 sec. delay
Shutter Release Electromagnetic release, provided with a special release socket
Excposure Control

1. Aperture-priority auto exposure
2. Manual exposure
3. TTL auto flash control
4. Manual flash control

Metering System TTL actual exposure metering (center-weighted average light metering) / External metering (automatic switchover with the mounted lens
Metering Range EV1 ~ 19 on TTL actual exposure metering (ISO 100, F2), EV3 ~ 17 on external metering (ISO 100) (about 70 degrees reception angle)
Film Speed Range ISO 25 ~ 5000 for automatic setting with DX film
ISO 6 ~ 6400 for manual setting
AE Lock The shutter speed is stored in the memory
Exposure Compensation +2 EV ~ -2 EV (can be set in 1/3 EV increaments)
A.B.C. Mode +- 0.5 EV / ++ 1 EV exposure compensating values with A.B.C. lever
Flash Light Control TTL direct light control
Flash Synchronization In combination with dedicated flash, the shutter speed is automatically set when the flash is fully charged
Second Curtain Synchronization Possible with Contax flash having a second curtain synchronization capability
Focusing Automatic focusing with focusing dial, switchable to manual focusing
Distance Measurement Reinforced base length type external passive AF method, provide with AF-assist beam and focus lock
Metering detection range (ISO 100) EV 3 ~ 19
The distance is indicated in the viewfinder and display panel
Viewfinder Real-image viewfinder (coupling with the mounted lens), 0,57x magnification and 90% field of view (with 45mm lens, -1 diopter)
Diopter Adjustment Built-in diopter adjuster, correctable range +0.3D ~ -2D
Display in Viewfinder Picture area frame (automatic parallax adjustment), focusing frame, focus display, shutter speed, exposure mark, exposure compensation, flash mark
Display Panel Shooting distance/film speed, drive mode (single-frame exposure, continuous shooting, self-timer, multiple exposure), custom function mark and battery warning mark
Film Loading Auto loading, automatic film positioning to "01" on counter
Film Advance Automatic winding with built-in motor
Film Rewinding Automatic rewinding with built-in motor, automatic stop/return after rewinding is completed, mid-roll rewinding possible
Drive Modes Single-frame exposure, continuous shooting, self-timer, multiple exposure
Winding Speed Up to 2 frames/sec. on continuous shooting ("C" mode) (with new batteries, at ordinary temperature, as tested according to Contax testing standard)
Exposure Counter Automatic-resetting additive type,
 A.B.C. display
Accessory Shoe Direct X-contact hot shoe (provided with TLA flash contact)
Custom Functions 1. AE lock operation (AE lock is activated by pressing main switch or shutter release halfway
2. A.B.C. exposure order selection (standard -> over -> under/over -> standard -> under)
3. Film end rewinding (completely rewound / film end left wound)
Camera Back Can be opened by camera back opening knob, detachable, provided with film check window
Power Source Two 3V lithium batteries (CR2)
Battery Check Automatic check, battery warning mark in display panel
Battery Capacity About 80 rolls of 24-exposure film (with new lithium batteries, at ordinary temperature, as tested according to Contax testing standard)
Dimensions 133 x 77 x 42 mm (W x H x D)
Weight 460 g (without batteries)
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