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 serie.
Lens: Hexanon 42mm/F2.8
"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.
Konica Auto S3
Black and Excellent
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 car. The result was; No visible marks or any kind or a malfunction !
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.