When I am not shooting weddings using a digital camera, I love to use the Contax G2 rangefinder camera and 35mm film. I mostly use Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film and Kodak Portra colour film. This well-built rangefinder camera is small, discrete, and great to use for street photography (and looks superb!). I also like to take it with me on holiday. The focus is mostly fast and spot-on. And the exposure is nearly always correct. It really is a great camera to use and is becoming increasingly more expensive to buy. I have taken many Contax G2 sample photos over the past five years. And I always come back to using it even after taking a break and using other cameras (both digital and 35mm).
The camera & film details
For those interested, all the photos below were taken with the Contax G2 rangefinder camera and various Carl Zeiss T* lenses, which are among the sharpest in the world. The films used are Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film and Kodak Portra colour film.
Palm labs, Birmingham, developed the negatives, and I scanned them myself using the Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 film scanner and VueScan. Linear raw Tiff files were then saved and processed using my own method for inverting colour negatives in Photoshop. Small tone and exposure adjustments were made in Adobe Camera Raw.
Contax G2: Sample Photos
Check out these Contax G2 sample photos taken in the UK between 2012-2015 with either Kodak Tri-X 400TX 35mm black & white film or Kodak Portra 400 35mm colour film.
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