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Konica Auto S3 Black and Excellent (1974)
Konica Auto S3 was available in black anodized aluminium only. It is a compact 35mm RF camera and it has an excellent six elements, four groups Hexanon 38mm f/1,8 lens. It's viewfinder is very bright and the rangefinder is also classy. As a downside, this camera lacks a manual mode. Auto S3 has a shutter priority battery dependant automatic exposure but the mechanical shutter works without a battery but because the lack of the manual aperture setting you can shoot only using the full aperture.
Another minus is that it has been designed to use PX675 mercury batteries which are no longer available. Luckily you can find an environmentally friendly replacement battery.
An excellent point is its sophisticated and very advanced ambient light flash exposure system. You can easily get surprisingly good back light pictures with this "fill in " flash of the Eighties. Konica Auto S3 is a good example of the compact rangefinder cameras in its own age and price group. Undoubtedly it was second to none in those years. Good-looking, compact in size, reliable, easy to use and above all it still takes excellent photos. About the sturdyness; I proved it once by reversing over it with my Triumph. The result was; No visible marks or any kind or a malfunction ! The sturdy briefcase and light rear was a salvation.
History of Konica begun as early as 1873. During the years the company name has changed several times and in the year 2003 Konica and Minolta concluded a merger agreement. The company name is now: Konica Minolta Holdings Inc.
||Hexanon 6-Element 38 mm f/1.8; 49 mm filter thread
||Copal leaf shutter, 1/8 - 1/500 + B. self timer.
||CdS-cel above the lens, within filter thread. Shutter priority AE, Film speed 25 - 800 ASA.
||Coupled rangefinder. Close focus 0.9 m .
||Bright frame, display of selected aperture.
||Hot shoe. PC socket. Flashmatic (Guide number 7 to 56), Flash sync at all shutter speeds.
||Hinged back, advance lever, rewind crank.
||WxHxD 112x80x60 mm
||PX 675 mercury. Not available anymore but can be replaced with 1,4 V hearing aid battery.
Konica EE-MATIC Deluxe 2 (1967)
The first Konica EE-MATIC camera was introduced in 1963 and untill 1967 when the last version Deluxe 2 came into market, seven different evolution models were made. The EE-MATIC serie of Point and Shoot Konicas was followed by C-35
Lens: Hexanon 42mm/F2.8
Shutter: Citizen, B- Auto (1/30 to 1/250sec.)
Size: 137 × 80 × 64mm
Weight: approximately 520 g
Batteries: Originally MR9, PX13,PX625
mercury cell battery which is discontinued
because of toxicity and environmental fears.
Replacement Battery can be found here.
"NEW" C35 EF (1976)
- Available in black or silver
- 38mm f2.8 four-element Hexanon lens - 46mm filter thread
- CdS meter (19-27 DIN, 25-400 ASA)
- Self timer
- Closest focus - 1m, 3.3ft
- Copal B mat programmed shutter
- Speeds 1/30 to 1/650
- Lever wind, double-exposure prevention, resetting frame counter
- Bright line finder
- Needle indication of shutter speed and aperture visible on right hand side of viewfinder
- Width 112 x 70 x 52mm
- Weight 380g (13.4 oz)
- Set to 1/25 automatically for flash
Konica C35 EF3 (1981)
"The EF model was originally released by Konishiroku in 1975. It came in 7 colors and was one of the early 35's to have a built-in flash. According to an Olympus collector's website, it was the competitive sour that led Y. Maitani to develop the Olympus XA series.
The EF3 model is one of the last, and it has an improved 5 element /4 group 35/2.8 lens. The earlier models had a 38/2.8 which may have been a modified Tessar -type lens. The EF and EF2 has a top mounted rewind crank, while the EF3 has a bottom wind crank, almost exactly like the one on the entry level Konica POP."
A common feature in these EF Konicas is, that they are scale focus, programmed exposure, 35's with a built-in electronic flash and they use a pair of AA batteries to power the exposure meter and flash. Shutter speeds range is from 1/60 to 1/500 sec.
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