CONTAX TVS – A Luxury Point and Shoot Camera with High-End Zoom Lenses
The CONTAX TVS is a luxury point and shoot camera released in 1993. During the trends of luxury point and shoot cameras in the 1990s, the TVS was introduced with a titanium coating which represents CONTAX products.
The CONTAX TVS’s most remarkable feature is zoom lenses called “Vario-Sonnar”. In fact, even though there are so many luxury compact cameras in the world, such as the CONTAX T2 and T3, the TVS is the only model to be equipped with zoom lenses.
As you know, the CONTAX Zeiss lenses always offer high-standard of images. Accordingly, the TVS can provide high-quality images by mounting the Zeiss zoom lenses. In other words, the TVS has a great value of Zeiss Vario-Sonar zoom lens.
Now, I am going to introduce more features of the TVS!
About the CONTAX TVS
The CONTAX TVS is a luxury point and shoot camera produced by CONTAX. First of all, I am going to tell you its performances, specifications, and features.
Performances and Specifications of the CONTAX TVS
In 1993, a luxury point and shoot camera made by CONTAX was debuted. The 28mm – 56mm zoom lenses are available to be mounted on the CONTAX TVS, and which can be the most distinguished feature. In details, the lenses are called Vario-Sonnar T* 28mm-56mm with a f/3.5-6.5.
Generally speaking, it often happens that TELE side can result in a dark image when point and shoot cameras zoom in, but a Vario-Sonnar with a f/6.5 can achieve enough light conditions during the daytime when wide open.
The body is covered with titanium coating, highest coating quality in the CONTAX point and shoot camera series.
It is possible to switch from passive autofocus to manual focus. Program AE and aperture priority AE mode are also available.
As with other luxury point and shoot cameras, the TVS also enables to change aperture depending on situations. An aperture setting is controlled by dial operations. In addition, a good thing is the camera is intuitive and easy to use, as its aperture ring places the same location of the traditional one.
When it comes to the predecessor “CONTAX T2 (1990)”, some enthusiastic film camera fans strongly requested improvements for its autofocus functions. Then, CONTAX listened to and analyzed their opinions, and it finally completed the CONTAX TVS with accuracy and autofocus functions.
With zoom lenses and an aperture priority AE mode, the TVS supports a wide variety of shooting style as you intend.
The CONTAX TVS2 (1997) was introduced as a successor of the TVS.
It has a new manual zoom ring that was changed from a manual zoom lever on the original TVS (1993). There is another big improvement over the previous model, and it is the TVS2 supplies a brighter viewfinder as the TVS’s viewfinder was dark.
The CONTAX TV3 was debuted in 1999. This model has a completely different design from other previous cameras, and it has a lens cover recalling the CONTAX T.
“Vario-Sonnar” Retains the Legendary Zeiss Sharpness
The CONTAX TVS is characterized by Vario-Sonnar lenses. Some people may be skeptical in zoom lenses on point and shoot cameras, in terms of image quality and performance, but please note that Zeiss is the world’s leading manufacturer of precision optics. Therefore, you can absolutely shoot better photos with sharp images because of Zeiss lenses.
One of the features of the TVS is to be able to shoot unique photos. Thanks to Zeiss lenses, you can see such nice images bringing out an atmosphere and texture of an object. In addition to that, it is possible to create an image representing your own mental pictures, as the light amount tends to be insufficient at image circumference.
Along with an impression of atmosphere, texture, overwhelming volume, and emotion, the Vario-Sonnar 28-56mm f/3.5-6.5 lenses on the TVS stimulate your interest in photography.
Why Choose a Luxury Zoom Point and Shoot Camera?
The CONTAX TVS series is based on an exclusive concept that luxury point and shoot cameras should have a super zoom. If you use the TVS series, your preconceived ideas about a zoom of point and shoot cameras will be dramatically changed for sure.
Trends of Zoom Point and Shoot Cameras
In the 1990s, it became popular to install an affordable zoom to point and shoot cameras. The cameras with the catch-phrase “Get a camera enables shooting your children on a field day” were usually between 35mm (the widest setting) and 70mm (tele setting) focal length (*the zoom magnification becomes about two times), but gradually camera manufacturers started to compete with each other. Then, those cameras were progressing at an unbelievable speed and finally reached 200 mm (tele setting) focal length.
Interestingly, the collapsible lens cameras are ridiculed as “bamboo shoots zoom” by some enthusiastic film camera fans.
Anyway, a big problem appears on those affordable zoom point and shoot cameras. They have darker full aperture F values on the tele side. Furthermore, they tend to have an aperture of f/8 and f/11 on the tele side. In that case, camera shake may occur when you use a telephoto lens, and also resulting in increasing photo fails.
While previous point and shoot cameras with fixed focal lenses have the Tessar-type lenses, which contain three elements in four groups, the cameras with unreasonable high-magnification zoom lenses greatly reduce image quality, compared to other products.
CONTAX TVS as a Means of Solving the Problem of Zoom Point and Shoot Cameras
Thus, most enthusiastic film camera fans generally don’t consider point and shoot cameras as highly valuable because of those problems above, except the CONTAX TVS.
As I mentioned above, the TVS is equipped with bright lenses even on the tele side. The TVS makes it possible to create beautiful photos with the easy operation because it contains reasonable six elements in six groups, Zeiss traditional T*coating, and practical focal length.
In short, the TVS is totally different from other zoom point and shoot cameras. Sometimes the TVS is cheaper than the T2 or T3 on the market due to a bad reputation of zoom lenses, but it is actually a good deal as you can enjoy its luxury body and Zeiss lenses with affordable price.
Zoom Point and Shoot Cameras Offer Valuable Choices
The CONTAX TVS is positioned as a satisfying model with its own concept.
As you can already imagine, the TVS enables you to shoot photography without reference to the scene and to provide functions for a freely manipulating angle of view, like no other luxury point and shoot cameras can do.
I highly recommend you to experience the high-end Zeiss lenses and premium images!