Thursday, November 11, 2004

Grasses and Fence

Originally uploaded by argusmaniac.
The entrance to Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor. Taken with my Contax G1 with T*45mm lens. I have growing dissatisfaction with this camera. It's not a bad camera, and the optics are superb. But -- the AF leaves something to be desired, and I would actually rather have MF. A rangefinder camera tends to be easily focused manually, and in many instances all one needs to do is set at f16 and prefocus to 10 feet, and you are all set for quick shooting. Sadly, the G1 does not do this easily. In low light levels, the camera really takes too long to focus. You can focus manually, but it really is focus by wire, as there is no turning the lens barrel to focus, but you fiddle with the wheel on top of the camera and look at the readout in the viewfinder. Nowhere as easy as aligning split images in the viewfinder. As a posh P&S, it's a great camera. I would trade it in a second for a Voigtlander Bessa R!

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