When my girlfriend and I made the decision to visit Japan a year ago, I had just got back into film photography after a long hiatus and I knew I had to find the perfect travel camera for this trip.
The Contax TVS is a fancy compact zoom camera from the mid nineties. Its body is made out of Titanium, it has a really nice Zeiss Vario-Sonar zoom lens and a good range of sensible manual controls. The TVS does a very good job at pretty much all the things I want from a camera like this and it does those things in a pleasurable and tactile way. It’s nicely built, well designed and not outrageously expensive. I’ve found myself using mine a lot for casual photography so thought readers of 35mmc might be interested in hearing more.