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Contax TVS vs TVS II vs TVS III question

al2002

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I am thinking of buying one of the TVS series of cameras.

A local dealer has new TVSII's and TVS III's in stock. I also saw a minty second hand TVS there.

What are the pros and cons of each ? Price is not a major issue.

Thanks.
 
I just went through the same exercise but I did not consider the TVS lll. I purchased a mint TVS but hated the viewfinder, it was hard for me to see, a combination of my eyes and the dimness of the viewfinder, I think. I then bought a TVS ll on ebay and the viewfinder is very nice. I like the feel of the camera, I like the fact that I do not have to worry about a lens cap and in order to take a picture the lens has to be ready..and I like the range of the zoom. The pictures are not quite a clear as my T3, but what is? If you are patient you will find a used one on ebay for around $450. I sold my G1 and for the kind of photos I take these two camera's are really all I need. Good luck.

Joel Stern
 
Thanks for the reply Joel.

The built in lens cap on th TVS II is not important AFAIAC.

When comparing finders in the store the TVS I finder did not appear excessively dim in comparision to that of the II or III, but then I was paying more attention to the features of the three models than the brightness of the finders. The TVS finder's brightness seemed quite adequate to me, at least in the afternoon light. I'll look into this again when I go back to the store.

I have seen some comments on the web to the effect that the TVS II is a somewhat stripped down TVS. Any truth to this?

Are there any known reliability problems with the TVS I or II? In particular, anything to look out for when buying used?

By the way, can the TVS I take an external flash with an adapter?

Thanks.
 
I am no expert, but I think the only differences of the TVS and the TVS ll are insignificant. From my reading it appears that some folks think the viewfinder differences is a big deal, as I did, and some think it not important. Both the TVS and the TVS ll can take an external flash with an adapter. I do not know of any reliabiltiy problems. I also like the feel of zooming better on the TVSll, not using the little knob, but just turning the lens, but again this is subjective. I am sure you will get many more educated responses than mine.

Good luck

Joel
 
Thanks again Joel. Your replies regarding the TVS I/II have been very helpful.

As I said in my earlier post, I did not pay much attention to the TVS I's finder brightness. I'll check again when I go back to the
store.

Can anyone on this form compare the TVS III to the earlier models?

Thanks.
 
> From my reading it appears that some folks > think the viewfinder differences is a big deal, as I did, and some > think it not important.

I find the viewfinder on my TVS I very dim, and sometimes a guess at best. I haven't seen how improved the TVS II is though.

> I do not know of any reliabiltiy > problems.

I have had an electronics problem with my TVS I, and so have a number of others. It just stops working, and you pay Contax $165 or something like that, and they return it to you working...but refuse to tell you what the problem was, or what they did to fix it. Rather annoying.

> I also like the feel of zooming better on the TVSll, not > using the little knob, but just turning the lens, but again this is > subjective.

The knurling around the lense is also there on the TVS I...so I believe you can zoom the TVS I the same as the TVS II.

Given a choice, and nearly the same price tag, I'd recommend the II.

Regards,

Austin
 
Hi,
I have owned a TVS I for about eight months and have had no problems with it - the viewfinder is not the brightest around but is perfectly adequate. I use the SA-1 adapter with it as flash photography indoors requires it - it is a bit bulky with a flash on it but I only use it indoors with a TLA140 (which is sleek and small as well). All the filters work with the TVS I and it is able to take pictures in panoramic mode - unlike the TVS II... How important this is to you is another matter... I am happy with the TVS - but then I have not used the TVS II and have had no problems with it (yet!)

Regards,
Tanya
 
> I may have been unlucky but my Tvs died on me after only 3 years. It simply failed to operate and when checked by Contax in the UK was advised that it was beyond economical repair. There had never been any trauma to the machine. On a more optimistic note, until its demise, it had > given excellent results - very sharp and contrasty pictures at all focal lengths. I did not find the finder too dull - remember that it has automatic parallex correction using LCD masks in the viewfinder - this may account for the slight loss of brightness compared to other direct > viewfinders. A reliable ex&le makes a perfect "carry everywhere" and travel camera.
 
Full specs comparison between all three TVS cameras:

http://brunerdog.tripod.com/contaxtvs.html

Oh yeah I would go with the TVS II __________________________________________

Thanks Matt. I had already seen the table of features on your site before posting my questions. I was interested in getting feedback from users.
 
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