CONTAX Tvs2 vs Tvs Digital……Film vs Digital…..


CONTAX Tvs Digital (front) and Tvs2 (back)

It has been already 10 years since everybody started using Digital Cameras…….but still some people say “Film was better……”

Is it true…? …just urban legend……or just old man’s nostalgia?

I got CONTAX Tvs2 and Tvs Digital……well…..even Tvs Digital is nearly 10-year-old.

So, I can’t talk about modern camera…..but at the same time I can compare 2 cameras made by same manufacture and also same model name !!

Amazing……They ended up with totally different color!!

This is taken by CONTAX Tvs2 and Fujichrome Sensia.

This is CONTAX Tvs Digital

I thought Tvs Digital was quite bright and strong color…..but Tvs2 got much stronger color!!

Tvs Digital looks crisper and Tvs2 look softer.

Actually, the Tvs2 look a bit like out focus, but with bigger image, I can say it is not. Specially if you look at neon sign at right bottom, Tvs2 has more detail on it.

I can say it is like difference between Records and CDs. Clear crisp CD sound particularly does not mean to be “high quality sound”.

I will have to say, still digital image is flatter and film image looks more real on this test.

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5 thoughts on “CONTAX Tvs2 vs Tvs Digital……Film vs Digital…..

  1. hi, i thought of buying the digital TVS for about 120€ but I’ve finally chosen the original TVS- and I think it was the right choice! The digital TVS was just from the beginning times of digital photography- not bad but with film you have much more possibilities.

    cheers 🙂

  2. I think the digital looks more natural. It has a better, more sophticated lens. Much of your report is subjective. The TVS digital still holds its own with up th date camera imagery. Sadly, film has lost out to digital. It still has its place, but in more specialised, specific areas. For snaps, as demonstrated here, it doesn’t stand a chance. You could take that pic a hundres times with the digital until you got exactly what you wanted and could boost the colout in post production. You can’t compare the old TVS lens with that of the digital which is far superior. It’s all subjective, some hang on to a romatic view of film, whilst others love digital with its ease and immediasy. The TVS digital is a fine camera still today and is capable of far better images that the TVS II.

    • Actually quality of Tvs digital is only OK on web use today. But Tvs2 image better on printing. Of course, digital is more practical….but at the same time, they are a kind of tasteless too.

      When I started digital, I was very happy about it….but when I saw old films….I
      noticed that they have different type of taste and Carl Zeiss is someway quite
      interesting.

      Actually, you can’t see in those small images…but soft looking Tvs seems to have higher resolution and more gradation.

      Just digital images are crisper.

  3. Not exactly true. The Zeiss lens is still the best ever fitted to a point and shoot and the TVS digital can still turn out a superb pic beyond modern day cameras. It has only 5mp which is large enough to print large pics of superb definition. Modern 14mp sensors can produce large prints, though they are usually 1’2’7′. This means hot spots and noise. Large pics with pixelate 12+mp images almost as quickly. For large prints you need 40-80mp sensors which we use. I have used a T3 for years and the prints are clear and sharp. The overall effect is not as impressive as the TVS digital and the practicality sinks the T3 without trace. For specific applications, film is fun and creative, though more in the B&W domain. Your pics outline some of the practicality issues. Modern film, especially Fuji, over reacts and the colours are too vivid. It was a result of the Kodak Gold phase. Your TVS pic doesn’t really do the camera justice. The colour is unnatural and not flattering. Also, too many shaddow spots which are difficult to avoid with colour film. The TVS digital pic is a faithful production of the event and shows a more natural tonal range. The TVS digital is a superb camera which used the superior and longer lens. Unless you are talking about huge prints which cause pixelation, it can hold it’s own with the best digital camera even today. It’s all in the lens. 35mm prints usually crack up well below 30 x 20 inch when medium format and plate becomes necessay. To demonstrate the superiority of the TVS show some hand crafted B&W prints where your printing creativity has made the pic more than it should be. I suspect you have the skill to produce something great!

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