Klaus Ziegler , Apr 03, 1999; 09:11 a.m.
I own a Contax TVS (the old one), but I don't have it handy at the moment I'm writing this, so I can tell you only the few things I know by heart; but I'll look up the others.
1. As far as I know, this isn't possible (it would be a very nice feature for me as I'm doing my own B&W processing!)
2. I've never cared about that; you can set (better: correct) shutter speeds in 1/3 stops, why do you want thirds of f-stops? I'm quite comfortable with full stops. The minimum aperture at 56 mm is about 30 (the lens slows down from 3.5 to 6.5 when zooming from 28 to 56 mm, this is an amount of nearly two stops, so when you set aperture 16 at 56 mm, it will be nearly 32 in reality).
3. Just the FACT of exposure compensation is shown (so that you won't forget to put it back afterwards!)
4. ALL the shutter speeds from 16 sec to 1/700 sec are indicated.
5. Sorry, I don't know it by heart, but when turning the camera off the lens sinks into the body (without filter and lens hood, however!)
6. Don't know; I don't like data backs!
7. Yes, in some sense; you can focus ``manually'' on the main subject until a black button appears in the viewfinder (no need of ``guesstimating'' the distance!) and THEN use exposure lock in the usual manner (depressing shutter halfway when metering on a gray card, the asphalt etc. and then recompose).
Hope this helps