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I'm about to embark on three months travel through Europe and can't decide between two Contax kits of identical cost. I haven't owned either and would value opinions, especially from anyone who has tried both. The choice is either an Aria, plus the legendary Zeiss 28-85 zoom, or a G2 with the 28, 45, 90 primes. I'm a bit concerned about reports that lens changing can be fiddly on the G2. Otherwise I would greatly appreciate the group's thoughts on what seems to me to be a hard choice. My use is landscape, buildings and city streets, with weight and ...

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    I'm about to embark on three months travel through Europe and can't decide
    between two Contax kits of identical cost. I haven't owned either and would
    value opinions, especially from anyone who has tried both. The choice is
    either an Aria, plus the legendary Zeiss 28-85 zoom, or a G2 with the 28,
    45, 90 primes. I'm a bit concerned about reports that lens changing can be
    fiddly on the G2. Otherwise I would greatly appreciate the group's thoughts
    on what seems to me to be a hard choice. My use is landscape, buildings and
    city streets, with weight and convenience being fairly important. I shoot
    Provia 100, mostly for projection.
    Thanks in advance.
    Peter Wear


    Peter Guest

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    "Peter Wear" <net.au> wrote in message
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    The choice may depend more upon your preferences in a camera system, rather
    than the lenses, in this case.

    Despite all the hoopla about the Leica/Rollei/Contax rangefinders, many
    photographers are oriented more toward SLRs, myself included.

    Does being able to see what your lens sees matter to you? If so, go with
    the Aria.

    If you prefer the smaller size, quieter shutter and don't mind the
    limitations of a rangefinder, such as no depth of field preview, not seeing
    through the lens (especially when using lenses other than normal), then you
    might prefer the G2.

    I recently tried a rangefinder, after 30 years of shooting SLRs, and I found
    that I really didin't like the experience. Especially when shooting
    landscape scenes, I value being able to see through the lens.

    Regardless of which option you decide, you really must sort out the question
    of Rangefinder vs. SLR, before you even consider the zoom vs. prime issue.
    Only you can ultimately decide what works best for you.


    Jeremy Guest

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    "Peter Wear" <net.au> wrote in message
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    would 
    thoughts 
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    I agree with Jeremy. The G2 is a great camera (though some would disagree)
    with great lenses (on which most agree) but, I think you need flexibility
    more than you need absolute optical perfection. I'd go with the Aria and
    the 28-85 zoom. In fact if you could, I'd take a large aperture mild
    wideangle for those low light situations.
    Have a good trip,
    JB


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    Peter Wear wrote: 


    Wonderful question ... SLR + zoom, or more compact RF with three lenses.
    I'd be more inclined to the SLR + zoom as you will completely avoid
    changing lenses. "less is more" applies here for time and number of
    bits and pieces to carry.

    OTOH, the zoom lens is at odds with your want to shoot buildings, city
    scapes and landscapes... you will get barrel/pincusion no matter how
    lengendary the 28-85 lens is (it is very sharp for a 3:1 zoom, but the
    distorion ranges from -3.3 to +2.8 (%). The 45 you mention is sharper
    and has a distortion of -1%. The 90, 2%; the 28 (Biogon?) 0.5%).

    So perhaps back to the G2 + 3 lenses if distortion is an issue for you.
    Not a cheap kit.

    Whatever you do, enjoy yourself.

    Cheers,
    Alan.

    Alan Guest

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    "Peter Wear" <net.au> wrote in message news:<tMqYa.19128$bigpond.net.au>... 

    I have a G1, with 21, 35, 45 and 90mm lenses. The optical performance
    is second to none (IMO) and I've not found changing lenses to be
    fiddly. I don't think it's different on the G2.

    -Karl
    http://pages.cthome.net/karlwinkler
    Karl Guest

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    "Peter Wear" <net.au> wrote in
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    The 28-85 is a rather large and heavy lens. You may find it difficult to
    use with the Aria. I would use three lenses. The optimal choices would
    be the 28 f2.8, 50 f1.7, 85 f2.8 or 135 f2.8.
    George Guest

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    In article <6NtYa.1224$prod.itd.earthlink.net>, "Jeremy"
    <com> writes:
     

    Oh. I didnt know this is a photgraphy newsgroup.!


    Cheeers,
    Sussan
    You may Email me taking off my name from my Email address in the header of
    this posted message.

    S Guest

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    Since primes are permitted, you might consider my travel kit: Aria,
    28/2.8 and 50/1.4. This is easily carried, versatile and delivers
    superb images. I may also add the Sonnar 85 or 100mm. For my taste,
    zooms (even from CZ) have too much barrel distortion at the wide end.

    The G2 is well regarding, but since the corresponding kit is roughly equal
    in cost and weight, you should decide according to your shooting style:
    RF or SLR.

    --------
    Rico Guest

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    "Peter Wear" <net.au> wrote in message news:<tMqYa.19128$bigpond.net.au>... 

    Get an M6 (Leica), used if you can find one, and 35mm, 50mm, and 90mm
    lenses. You'll thank me later.
    Michael Guest

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