Contax G1 is a 35mm film autofocus electronic rangefinder camera manufactured by Kyocera Co., Kyoto, Japan and produced between 1994-96.

Also see the article Contax G


Contax G1 17
Contax G1 19
Contax G1 11
Contax G1 12
Contax G1 15a
Contax G1 03

images by Süleyman Demir


  • Lens release: via a button on front of the camera
  • Focusing:
    • Auto: open-loop (non-TTL) autofocus system, single or continuous, w/ AF illuminator
    • Manual: via a calibrated manual focus wheel on the top plate, w/ two scales for different lenses
  • Shutter: Electronically controlled vertical travel focal plane shutter
    • Speeds: 16-1/2000 in auto and 1-1/2000 in manual
    • Manual shutter speeds are on the same dial as the Auto position, w/exposure compensation
  • Exposure meter: TTL Aperture Priority Autoexposure center weighted average metering, or manual
  • AE Lock: With main switch or half release
  • ABC Lever: The built-in Automatic Bracketing Control
  • Viewfinder: Real image viewfinder, coupled with mounted lenses(zoom rangefinder).
  • Display Panel: Photographic data in large LCD panel in the viewfinder.
  • Film loading: Auto loading and advance to first frame , reads DX speeds, ISO 25-5000
  • Film Speed/Down Button: The DX contacts can be manually overridden here in order to set a particular ISO 6-6400
  • Winding: Auto with built-in motor
  • Drive Mode Selector: single exposure, continuous shooting, self-timer, or multiple exposure
  • Frame Counter: Auto-resetting, additive type
  • Re-winding: Auto rewind with mid-roll rewind possible
  • Diopter adjuster: built-in on viewfinder eyepiece
  • Flash sync: max. 1/100 [1]
  • Self timer
  • Hot-shoe
  • Strap lugs
  • Body: Titanium, top, bottom, front, and back covers; Weight: 518g [2]
  • Back Cover: opened by back cover release knob, detachable
  • Battery:Two 3V lithium batteries (CR2), Auto Battery Check
  • Engravings on the bottom plate: Kyocera, Japan and serial no.


  • Standard lens is Carl Zeiss Planar T* 45mm f/2, AF. [3]
    • Contax G system mount, 6 elements in 4 groups,
    • Filter thread: 46mm.
    • Focus: 0.5m to inf., red T* means multicoated
    • Aperture:f/2-f/16;
    • Diaphragm: Manual and uncoupled, 6 straight blades,totally
    • Weight: 182g
  • Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 90mm f2.8, AF, (shown in the photos)
    • Contax G system mount , 5 elements in 4 groups
    • Filter thread: 46mm
    • Focus: 1m to inf., red T* means multicoated
    • Aperture: f/2.8 - f/22,
    • Diaphragm: Manual and uncoupled, 8 straight blades
    • Weight: 252g

For other lenses see Contax G

Notes and references[]

  1. Dedicated special flash units are Contax TLA140 or 200, TTL direct flash control
  2. Some bodies have Green sticker inside the film door, means it takes some G2 body lenses.
  3. Black finish lenses which is shown in the photos, are actually made for black version Contax G2.