Sam Schmieg with the Contax G2

When looking to level up my assortment of film cameras, it seems all roads lead back to the Contax G2. Although my proclivity to rangefinders typically pushes me to more manual systems, I was pumped to give the G2’s infamous auto-focus/exposure a try through Film Objektiv.


Shooting with both the coveted 45mm and flexible 28mm for two weeks, the G2 truly became an extension of my eye: if I saw something beautiful, I just had to focus and fire, bringing stunning results with little interference. In practice, the only issues I ran into were when I was shooting candid work or from the hip; where the audible shutter, slight lag in firing, and cumbersome manual focus provided some challenges.

Adam Ottke