Monday, September 4, 2017

Chasing Colors: Konica C35 Automatic

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Konica C35 Automatic, Hexanon f/2.8 38mm
Konica C35 Automatic
Chasing Colors
After doing an overview of the Konica C35 Automatic as an article, and accentuate it with a post, I was very impressed with the sharp and contrasty images captured by the camera, I just could not resist myself from taking the camera again for these round of images. The subject was a multi use track and field stadium which initially impresses me with is colorful pseudo Graeco-Roman arches that adorned the services side of the structure. Rather unkempt, the public portal of the stadium is equally colorful in orange and a shade of deep blue alternated with white under slabs, with patches of the paint work flaking off, showing a general lack of a proper maintenance schedule.

The Konica C35 Automatic, anyway, is a very lovable fully automatic 35mm rangefinder introduced in 1971. It was fitted with a 38mm f2.8 four-element Hexanon lens (46mm filter thread) and Copal B Mat shutter. In its fully programmed automatic mode, the camera will select a combination of both the aperture opening, from f/2.8 to f/14, and shutter speed, which ranges from 1/30 to 1/650 second for the exposure setting. ASA film speed is maxed at 400. The camera was designed to run on the 1.3v PX675 mercury battery, which I have replaced with the LR44 cell with no ill effect.

A lightweight, weighing in at only 370 grams, the C35 Automatic has one of the nicest and brightest viewfinders I have ever experienced, and it comes with a display that shows you the aperture/shutter speed combo that is being used. The camera is equally forgiving if you tend to miss out on using the rangefinder for focusing, in fact, what I have done is to put the rangefinder on the hyperfocal distance, point, and shoot away ...

Resource Links:
Understanding Color in Photography
Vibrant Color Photography Tips

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