A tribute to a broken camera

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I 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 over 20 years ago were never meant to be used for that long.

So why do I keep buying them? Because they are so sexy. The only cameras that have failed me so far have been relatively cheap buys, so how would I feel if one of my favorite high-end cameras stopped working?

This is exactly the scenario that just happened to Bon Adriel and their Contax TVs. In this video, Bon talks to us about Contax TVs, why they love it, and the problem with old electronics in cameras.

First released in 1994, the Contax TVS was the first iteration of a line of high-end zoom cameras from Kyocera. The TVS combines many features of the more expensive Contax T2 with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 28-56mm zoom lens.

Adriel tells us the TVS was their most used camera in 2021 – and maybe that was the problem. With so much use, the TV developed a problem with its lens shutter flex cable. Unfortunately, this is a very common problem with the Contax T range.

I was particularly interested in this video because I have just purchased the Contax TVSii. I really like the laid back atmospheric vibe of this video, which matched perfectly with Adriel’s thoughts. The video showcases the stunning images Bon captured with the Contax TVS on a variety of film emulsions including Kodak Color Plus, Lomography Color Negative 100, Lomography 800 and Cinestill 50D.

So will Adriel buy another TV to replace this one? You’ll have to watch the video to find out.

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