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Monday, September 4, 2017

Konica C35 Automatic, Chasing Colors

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Film photography favorites, analog diary, image making with a Konica C35 Automatic, chasing the colors of the stadium structure.
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Looking 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 paintwork flaking off, showing a general lack of proper maintenance schedule. The Konica C35 Automatic, on the other hand, 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 a 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.

Konica C35 Automatic
Konica C35 Automatic

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 ...

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