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Konica Autoreflex Half Frame

Konica Autoreflex Half Frame The year is 1966. The world camera makers rush to design and introduce compact SLR cameras. Saying ‘world’ and ‘compact SLR’ would seem all-inclusive, which is not. The Brits, Italian, French and American have all but abandoned the high-end camera lines. The only real players yet …

Japan

Konica FT-1 Motor

Konica FT-1 Motor A person that had been introduced to film photography in the past 30 years would take auto film advance for granted; let alone those accustomed to digital, where film winding is non-existence. In 1983 it was a novel idea. For an SLR. The Konica FT-1 does this, …

Japan

Konica Autoreflex TC

Konica Autoreflex TC The epitome of the classic SLR of the ’70s, a light camera to carry with, no-nonsense features. Plastic body clad in black gives it the feel and appearance of an expensive shooter. The TC was made as a scaled-down version of the Autoreflex T, but I see …

Japan

Konica Autoreflex T

Konica Autoreflex T In the late ’60s, the Japanese camera makers came forward with a flurry of compact SLR cameras, almost indistinguishable to the layman’s eye. Konica contribution to the lot was the Autoreflex T, a solid camera both in functions and weight. A step-up of the Autoreflex, the T …

35mm half frame

Konica AA-35

Konica AA-35 / Konica Recorder My first encounter with the Konica AA-35 was incidental. I had records of it and its sister, the Konica Recorder, but never paid attention to them. They looked like another entrant to the Japanese endless point and shoot parade. I went to pick up a …