the new gear cop-out paradigm
As cop-outs go this is a good one, but I am going to have to concede that sometimes just the simple act of getting a new piece of gear can provide a bit of a tonic to a patch of, well, let’s call it creative hiatus.
What I really thought would help would be another 35mm lens like the one on the good old Leica, but without the thought that every time I’m going out with that in my bag there’s a fortune in gear that might get lost or broken. I really wanted something that I could load with colour film and take with me everywhere I go, so it wouldn’t want to be big and heavy like the Nikon or Canon SLRs or the Mamiya. Did I mention that I already have a ridiculous amount of camera stuff?
It led me to investigate the Contax G system, a fairly short-lived revival from the 1990s of the famous German make by the Japanese Kyocera company, and with lenses designed by Carl Zeiss. Prices for the Contax kit run at a fraction of the cost of comparable Leica gear.
Anyway after some duly diligent research I won one on ebay which came with a three lens kit - but didn’t include the 35mm I was really wanting. It has 28, 45 and 90 lenses (and a flash) which I thought I’d try out anyway, before selling one or all of the lenses and just getting a 35mm.
Big mistake. I should have known. Anyway, three lenses is better than one, isn’t it? I love these light little optical wonders, and the auto-focus, auto-everything that this little system does so well.
To cap it all off, yesterday kind and generous Tim (hi Tim!) gave me a 35 to 70mm zoom that he had left over from when he had a Contax kit. Pretty sensational! Thank you Tim!
So now I have a really fun little high quality system to take along anywhere I go without the worry of dropping thousands of dollars if something untoward should happen.
Of course, sophisticated as it is, its automation doesn’t extend to taking good pictures for me. Unfortunately.