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 little reason to stick to the T.
The TC body is a tad smaller than the T, but 30% lighter which would make a difference in carrying it around for the whole day, and by personal experience, I can vouch for that. Weight is below the average of its class, makes no difference in photographic quality but your shoulders will be ever grateful.
Both cameras offer manual and EE mode. Speeds are almost the same. Camera needs to pull the shutter lever past a red dot on the body to shoot. For locking there is a tiny slider on the back just under the winding lever. It allows the lever to fold down, eliminates pocket shooting to borrow a current term, and conserves battery.
Where the T has X and M sync ports, the TC does with X only. The TC has a hot shoe, that the T lacks. The T has DOF view which is eliminated on the TC. Light meter needle is on the left side of the viewer, clear and easy to notice.
Am not sure what was the cost difference at the time, but by above specs, the TC seems to be a pleasant camera to use.
|Format||35 mm||35 mm|
|Model||Autoreflex T||Autoreflex TC|
|AKA||Autorex T, Revue Autoreflex TTL||Autorex TC|
|Mode||Auto / manual||Auto / manual|
|Weight||745 gr, Body only||500 gr, Body only|
|Class average weight||560 gr, Body only||560 gr, Body only|
|Lens mount||Konica bayonet||Konica bayonet|
|shutter||Focal plane vertical metal||Focal plain vertical metal|
|Light meter||CdS TTL||CdS TTL|
|Speeds||B,1,2,4,8,15,30,60, 125,250,500,1000||B,8,15,60,125, 250,500,1000|
|Battery style||2 ea Button 675||2 ea Button 675|