Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/11/30

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Subject: [Leica] The Contax
From: Oddmund Garvik <>
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 1998 04:02:50 +0100 (MET)

At 16:23 29/11/1998 -0800, Jim Brick wrote:
>Hi Oddmund,
>I welcome you back to the LUG. <snip> 

Thank you!

>What happened to your Contax TVS which you used to rave about?

I am still using it, and I still think it is an excellent and handy camera. 
Kyocera just introduced an upgrade though, the TVS II. I might change the old 
one if I can afford it. I bought it second-hand, and will not loose too 
much. The new one has a brighter viewfinder with bright-line frame, like a 
rangefinder, and a slightly modified lens design, still a 28-56 mm 
Vario-Sonnar. There are no more "Panaorama" mode which doesn't hurt me at 
all! I could even have been without the new automatic self closing lens 
barrier, as I use a filter and a lens hood. But all in all it seems to be an 
intelligent upgrade. I don't understand why Leica didn't make such a camera, 
instead of this fully automatic Minilux Zoom. Why didn't they "upgrade" the 
viewfinder? Why didn't they keep the manual controls? Strange...

>And we would really like to hear about what you have been doing,
>photographically, over during your absence.

I'll be back with that. Life is getting busy on the LUG. I don't know if I 
can handle all the messages.

>You obviously are aware that your reputation proceeded you. And everyone
>expects you to live up to it... ;-)
Well, let's wait and see...

>Again, welcome back.

Thanks again, Jim!

>Jim (no longer using uranium toner) Brick

I am into platinum processing now, just studying for the moment. I always 
thought it would be nice making my own paper...