Contax G lens on Nikon One: any experience ?

Started Nov 1, 2012 | Questions
cboudier Regular Member • Posts: 413
Contax G lens on Nikon One: any experience ?

Hi everybody,

This is my first message in this forum.

I previously used several type of cameras: rangefinder, bridges, SLR, DSLR with big pro-lenses and now I'm fed up by weight, size and shutter sound... --> I just received my v1

I was wondering if someone had already mounted a Contax G lens on a Nikon One ?

I'm particularly interested in the Zeiss Sonnar 90mm/2.8...

The V1+90mm combo looks promising (sharp & small lens, thin adapter, but nothing about on the internet...

Thanks.
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anotherrich Regular Member • Posts: 429
Re: Contax G lens on Nikon One: any experience ?

There would need to be an adapter of some kind, and presumably the lens would be fully manual (no autofocus, VR or even metered-exposure control, and it would have to compete with the fully featured N1 Nikkors (such as the apparently excellent  30-110).

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OP cboudier Regular Member • Posts: 413
Re: Contax G lens on Nikon One: any experience ?

You're right about fully manual process.

Actually, there is an adapter for Contax G lens to Nikon 1 mount (and may be from several maker).

PIXCO_new_Contax_G_Lens_To_Nikon.jpg

Compared to the 30-110 @ 90/5.6, the Zeiss is 2.8... i.e. not the same league.

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cseiler Regular Member • Posts: 375
Re: Contax G lens on Nikon One: any experience ?

Interesting, but how do you focus? The focusing for the lens was AF or with a wheel on the camera, is there a trick I am missing?

OP cboudier Regular Member • Posts: 413
Re: Contax G lens on Nikon One: any experience ?

There is a ring on the adapter to enable manual focusing.

But in fact, the ring is so close to the body that it may be tricky to use 

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karlreed Senior Member • Posts: 1,600
Re: Contax G lens on Nikon One: The G lenses are extraordinary

The Zeiss lenses for the G series, made by Kyocera, were extraordinarily good.

The 90mm 2.8 is literally too sharp for portrait work, it would show every detail on the subject, good or bad.

There is no perceptible geometric distortion in any of the 28mm,45mm,90mm lenses.

The back-purtrusions on several of the lenses would probably mean they cannot be used for an N1, but, you'd need to check that.  See the link below for comments on their quality.

http://www.kenrockwell.com/contax/g-system.htm#lenses

Karl Reed

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