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  TVS TVS II TVS III
Improvements over the previous model: TVS I Brighter viewfinder, lens cap is build into the lens (no more costly replacements) Very informative viewfinder, build in data back, new retro design (based on cult camera Contax T) which turned out to be a disaster, aperture controls were moved (electronic control vs manual ring turn control as on previous models), automatic zoom as opposed to manual one.
Type 35mm lens shutter AE compact, manual zoom camera 35mm lens shutter AE compact, manual zoom camera 35mm lens shutter AE compact, power zoom camera
Image Size 24x36mm (standard format) 24x36mm (standard format) 24x36mm (standard format)
Carl Zeiss Lens Vario Sonnar T* 28~56 F/3.5~6.5 (6 elements, 6 groups) Vario Sonnar T* 28~56 F/3.5~6.5 (6 elements, 6 groups) Vario Sonnar T* 30~60mm F/3.7~6.7 (6 elements, 5 groups)
Aperture f/3.5~16 at 28mm f/3.5~16 at 28mm f/3.5~16 at 30mm
Focusing Distance 0.5m (1.6 feet) to infinity 0.5m (1.6 feet) to infinity 0.5m (1.6 feet) to infinity
Shutter Between the lens shutter (Aperture priority program AE electronic shutter) Between the lens shutter (Aperture priority program AE electronic shutter) Between the lens shutter (Aperture priority program AE electronic shutter)
Shutter Speed 16 seconds to 1/700 second in Program AE; 16 seconds to 1/500 second in Aperture priority AE (the fastest shutter speed varies depending upon the pre-set aperture); auto bulb beyond 16 seconds. 16 seconds to 1/700 second in Program AE; 16 seconds to 1/500 second in Aperture priority AE (the fastest shutter speed varies depending upon the pre-set aperture); auto bulb beyond 16 seconds. 16 seconds to 1/1000 second
Self-Timer Electronic 10 second delay, cancelable Electronic 10 second delay, cancelable Electronic 10 second or 2 second delay, cancelable
Shutter Release Electronic Electronic Electronic
Exposure Control Mode Aperture-priority program AE Aperture-priority program AE Programmable auto, aperture priority auto
Metering Range (ISO 100) EV -0.4 t EV 17 EV -0.4 t EV 17 EV -0 to EV 18
Metering Photo Sensor SPD cell SPD cell SPD cell
Metering System External SPD, centre-weighted average with AE lock External SPD, centre-weighted average with AE lock 2 segment external light measurement (using SPD element) and spot metering
AE Lock By half release By half release By half release
Exposure Compensation +/- 5EV in 1/3EV increments +/- 5EV in 1/3EV increments +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV increments, may be set to 1/2 EV increments using custom functions
Film Speed Coupling Range Auto setting with DX films from ISO 25 to 5000; Non DX films default to ISO 100 Auto setting with DX films from ISO 25 to 5000; Non DX films default to ISO 100 Auto setting with DX films from ISO 25 to 5000; Non DX films default to ISO 100
Focus Adjustment Auto/manual focusing (switchable), each with focus dial Auto/manual focusing (switchable), each with focus dial Auto/manual focusing (switchable), each with focus dial
Distance Metering External passive system; focus lock; Infrared AF-assist beam External passive system; focus lock; Infrared AF-assist beam External passive system; focus lock
Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
Viewfinder Magnification 0.4x~0.7x magnification & 83% field of view at 3m 0.38x~0.68x magnification & 83% field of view at 3m 0.42x~0.76x magnification & 83% field of view at 3m -3.5 to +2 built-in adjustable diopter
Viewfinder Information Focussing frame picture area frame coupled focal length and with shooting distance (transmittance type liquid crystal display), shutter speeds, exposure compensation marks, focus indicators, flash mark, programme (P) mark, selftimer LED. Picture frame, close focus frame, focus frame, shutter speed, exposure compensation, focus indication, flash ready, program indicator, self-timer, On indicator. Picture frame, close focus frame, focus frame, shutter speed, exposure compensation, focus indication, flash ready, program indicator.
Flash GN 10.5-14 (ISO 100), four flash modes auto flash, pre-flash, daylight fill-in flash, (also longtime exposure plus flash) and flash OFF Built-in; exposure control by flashmatic system and by guide number control. Built-in zoom flash; exposure control by flashmatic system and by guide number control.
Flash Modes Auto-flash, fill-in flash, pre-flash, flash off. Auto-flash, fill-in flash, pre-flash, flash off. Auto-flash, automatic flash with red-eye reduction, fill-in flash, night portrait with red-eye reduction, flash off.
Flash Range (ISO 100) 0.5-5.5m (28mm), 0.5-3m (56mm) with lSO100 recycling time approx. 4 s (with new battery at normal temperature). 0.5m to 3.7m at 28mm position and 0.5m to 2.4m at 56mm. 0.5m to 3.5m at 30mm position and 0.5m to 2.2m at 60mm.
Flash Recycling Time Approximately 4 seconds with fresh batteries. Approximately 4 seconds with fresh batteries. Approximately 6 seconds with fresh batteries.
Film Winding Auto with a built-in motor Auto with a built-in motor Auto with a built-in motor
Film Rewinding Auto with a built-in motor; mid-roll rewind. Auto with a built-in motor; mid-roll rewind. Auto with a built-in motor; mid-roll rewind.
Exposure Counter LCD, automatic resetting additive type LCD, automatic resetting additive type; Also indicates lens focal length in use, remaining time for self timer or elapsed time in Bulb shooting mode LCD, automatic resetting additive type
Camera Back Cover Opened and closed with release knob; detachable. Opened and closed with release knob; detachable. Built-in date back, opens and closes with release knob.
Power Requirement One 3V lithium battery (CR 123A) One 3V lithium battery (CR 123A) One 3V lithium battery (CR 123A)
Battery Check Auto Auto Auto
Camera Body Materials Titanium top, front, bottom, and back. Titanium top, front, bottom, and back. Titanium top, front, bottom, and back.
Dimensions 4 7/8"W x 2 11/16"H x 1 11/16"D 4 7/8"W x 2 11/16"H x 1 11/16"D 4 5/8W x 2 1/2H x 1 7/16D
Weight   13.2 ounces 11 ounces
Optional Accessories data back, metal hood and filters TvsII data back, semi-hard case (cowhide), flash adapter SA-1, TvsII metal hood, Contax Filters (30.5mm: 5 types) Flash adapter SA-1, semi-hard case
       

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