>By ming ting
>Does anyone know how the TVS Digital
>compares to the to be released
>Cybershot V1 by Sony? It seems the
>Sony (5MP)also has a CZ Vario Sonnar
>lens that seems a tad bit faster
>and a longer zoom?
The CZ lens on a Contax TVS Digital is a T* lens. The one on the Sony V1 is not a T*. Therefore, I would expect that the TVS Digital has an edge over V1 as far as the lenses are concerned. But since both cameras are not on the market yet. We may have to wait until someone who can get hold of both cameras and do a comparison. Anything at the moment is only a wild guess.
Dirk, I was in Japan this weekend. Although the TVS digital is released there, all the shops I visited had none in stock: only 2 or 3 per shop were available and sold out to people that had reserved the camera. It will take many more weeks before regular supply is available. Are you sure the TVS digital is regularly available in German stores??
The color is perfect.
The white balance is perfect.
The noise is well controlled. (much better than my Sony F707)
The images are very sharp.
The exposure is good.
The AF speed is OK.
The Firmware is OK.
The saving time is long.
The zooming is noisy.
The lens is not fast enough.
I second Frank Kwok's comments on the TVS Digital. I've also had mine for about a week. Am extremely happy with it. Will post some s&le pictures soon - don't look for artistry, just the quality.
On another subject, travelling "light", I don't consider my N1 a "lug". However, if I really did want to travel light, I'd bring my TVSII for film and the TVS Digital and I'd be fine. The quality of the TVSII is what made me dump all of my Nikon gear in the first place and go back to Contax after many years. I always felt that the Contaflex I had took better pictures that any of the gear I had since then. My return to Contax and Zeiss was the smartest thing I've done in a long time. The cameras aren't perfect, but then, what is?
Kyocera (Yashica) FineCam S5 vs TVS Digital. Are these cameras twins? Looking at them in the latest B&H catalogue, I cannot help but notice that the specifications are nearly identical, including the lens' zoom ranges and speeds. Undoubtedly, they have many of the same components. Could it be that even the lenses are identical, only one is labeled Carl Zeiss and the other is not?
Anyone have anything to say about shutterlag with the TVS digital? I use a Sony DSC-s85 for digital stuff and the shutterlag is maddenning. I sold my T3 because of shutterlag and prefer my T(original) or RTSIII. Thanks. Ezekiel