A Thinking Street Photography Blog
In a previous post on the snapshot aesthetic, I mentioned zone focusing with Olympus XA2 and auto-focusing with Minolta AF-C.
And now, ladies and gentlemen, behold my Contax TVS. It has an aperture priority mode and a program mode. There’s auto-focus (which you could override with a dial).
This allows me to be more stealthy, and the motorized whirring is not too loud.
It has the Vario Sonnar lens which allows for zooming, for days when I’m too lazy to zoom with my feet.
This lady popped out and I responded quickly enough…
“Oops, what’s this?” I thought as I was looking at the negative.
The panoramic mode was activated without me knowing.
Oh oh …
The panoramic mode is basically a cropping of the frame by the camera, and the panels were unhinged.
I felt there was an intuitive bond between me and the Contax TVS… was I imagining things?
It’s built like a tank, and I could take myself seriously when I’m holding it… I was so looking forward to serious days…
After a moment of reflection and in that rare moment of sanity, I returned the camera to the store.
There were 2 Nikon 35Ti‘s beckoning, and a Fuji “sardine can” Tiara as well.
It was then that I had a Prufrockian moment:
Do I dare disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.
I waved goodbye (in my mind only) to those cameras.
The person at the store kept my number, noted my mournful expression, and 3 days later, I was told there’s another Contax TVS in the store, this one with the original strap, manual (in Japanese), case and lens cap.
I took it out for a spin.
The panoramic mode here was fully intended. This was the only panoramic shot I took. I don’t expect to use it much. It’s a bit tacky I think…
Happy happy joy joy.
All is fine – I tilted the camera and shook it this way and that to see if the panoramic mode would kick in.
I zoomed in and out and it’s fine.
Zooming in … and it’s still ok.
Yup, we have a winner here.
The Force is strong with this one…
O happy day!