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Monday, June 1, 2020

Five Frames, An Outing With A Dysfunctional Konica C35 AF

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Analog Diary, film photography favorites, image making with a dysfunctional Konica C35 AF, the world's first production autofocus camera.
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I went on a street shoot, sometimes back, with a dysfunctional Konica C35 AF, and came back with a whole roll of out-of-focus images, five of which as posted here. The images do show what the Konica Hexanon 38mm F2.8 was acknowledged for. The C35 AF I was reviewing, had among other things, a dysfunctional AF module, a dead underexposure warning light, and despite a working flash, a non-working flash-ready light.

A non-manual function that was still working on the camera was the exposure control, which was automatic with the CdS AE system fitted. The shutter works as well, and I can only assume that it does so at one of the three speeds of 1/60, 1/125, or 1/250 second that the camera was specified. The AF camera to subject distance module, indicated by a distance pointer located on the outside of the lens housing mount, after the shot is taken, is not working either.

Konica C35 AF

Regardless, the outing was fun and enjoyable, and the time spent with the camera was full of expectations. The Konica C35 AF, nicknamed 'Jasupin' in Japan, was the world's first production autofocus camera. The camera was launched in November 1977, a year after the production of the C35 EF ('Pikari'), which itself is a follow-up to the Konica C35 Auto S2, one of the ultimates of the C35 series. The C35 AF has the same Hexanon 38mm F2.8 lens as the others.



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