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How many Contax N1 to keep?

 
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Evanjoe610



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:17 pm    Post subject: How many Contax N1 to keep? Reply with quote

I had my Contax N1 a tad over a week so far. Shot 5 rolls of film through it using the 50mmF1.4 and the 24-85mm of the N lineup. In addition, I have bought a NAM-1 that allows me to use my 645 lenses. (45mm, 80mm, & 140mm for now. My 35mm & 120mm is in Kyocera Japan for repairs)

For the film users here and also the fullframe Canon digital SLR users, is it necessary to have more then one Contax N1 body as a backup?
Attempting to find additional lenses for the EF conversion is a bit hard, especially the 17-35mm and an additional 50mm. I see more of the 24-85mm and the 28-80mm lenses. Just asking if it makes sense to buy an extra body, or just concentrate on the ff digital Canon body and additional N lenses.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My long term roadmap is that customers would run a Contax 645 system with a Canon system in parallel. They would have an assortment of C645 lenses and N-mount lenses, plus whatever other brands they may choose. You may fit virtually everything on a Canon and in terms of versatility this is very hard to beat.

The key element to this roadmap is our Contax 645 adapter which unfortunately is still in the design stage. Therefore, for the time being, having more Contax N-mount bodies would be a good idea if you need 35mm/645 interoperability.

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Evanjoe610



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 4:55 pm    Post subject: Re: "How many Contax N1 to keep?" Reply with quote

Conurus,

I agree, but at the same time, see over the horizon, a move toward the full frmae sensor digital SLR. That's why I see the option presented by you t allow the carryover uses of the Contax N and 645 system onto the Canon digital SLR.

Problems that I encounter in the short timeframe since I own the N system (roughly over 1 week)

1. Autofocusing hunting and slow focus acquisition
2. Lack of FX-1 focxusing scrren and 3rd Party screens (correct me if I'm wrong here)
3. The Prime lenses from the N System (50mmF1.4 that I have) and the 645 system (45mm, 80mm, & 140mm for now) are superb.

I see the difference from these lenses when compared to the 24-85mm zoom. However the 24-85mm is not a slouch by itself. It holds itself up pretty well. I would have to conclude that the lack of focusing screens and more like "F-100" AF system, would had made the Contax N1 a better AF camera.

For those that have both the N1 and NX, is the NX the same AF system? Is it is an improvement over the N1 in some ways?

How about the 28-80mm lenses? Any users out there?

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK A few answers and comments.

THe AF Speed isn't that much slower than Canon -- it depends on the lens. And it seemed to me to be competitive with Pentax and Minolta. The Contax traded-off accuracy for speed. You will find that the Contax N lens will focus faster on the Canon essentially due the difference in system bias.

There were 3 focusing screen available for the N1 (FX-1, FX-2, and FX-3), and I believe you could get a Brightscreen for it.

All 4 prime Zeiss lenses for the N were superb (50mm, 85mm, 100mm and 400mm), and the zoom were the best in their class.

Certainly, faster AF would have been a help. But speed wasn't all that critical for the ways the N1 would be used. It had no pretensions of being a sports camera. I rarely found that I needed more speed in focusing my N1. I think most of the problem with the success of the N1 was Kyocera's dreadful marketing and advertising of the camera. The N would have been a lot more successful if they issued more lenses faster and effectively promoted and marketing the camera -- and if there was proper management at the helm of Kyocera. It also didn't help that shortly after the N Digital arrived Kyocera gave up on the market (and officially pulled out a couple of years later).
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