I’ll admit it — I’m a 35mm point-and-shoot junkie. I have a collection of electronic cameras that many film photographers would call "ticking time bombs". The reason for this is that many cameras made 20+ years ago were never intended to be used for this long.
So why do I keep buying them? Because they are so damn sexy. The only cameras that have failed on me so far have been relatively cheap buys, so how would I feel if one of my favorite premium cameras stopped working?
This is exactly the scenario that just happened to Bon Adriel and their Contax TVS. In this video, Bon tells us about the Contax TVS, why they love it, and the problem with old electronics in film cameras.
First released 1994, the Contax TVS was the first iteration in a line of premium zoom lens cameras from Kyocera. The TVS combines many of the features of the more expensive Contax T2 with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 28-56mm zoom lens.
Adriel tells us that the TVS was their most-used camera in 2021 — and perhaps this was the problem. With so much use, the TVS developed an issue with its lens shutter flex cable. Sadly, this is a very common problem with the Contax T line.
This video was of particular interest to me as I’ve just bought the Contax TVSii. I really love the chilled atmospheric vibe of this video, which was paired perfectly with Adriel’s musings. The video showcases the stunning images Bon captured with the Contax TVS on a variety of film emulsions including Kodak Color Plus, Lomography Colour Negative 100, Lomography 800, and Cinestill 50D.
So will Adriel buy another TVS to replace this one? You’ll have to watch the video to find out.