Monday, June 1, 2020

An Outing With A Dysfunctional Konica C35 AF

A Dysfunctional Konica C35 AF 01
A Dysfunctional Konica C35 AF 02
A Dysfunctional Konica C35 AF 03
A Dysfunctional Konica C35 AF 04
A Dysfunctional Konica C35 AFF 05
Konica C35 AF

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An Outing With A Dysfunctional Konica C35 AF

'Film photography favorites, five frames with the Konica C35 AF, the world's first production autofocus camera'

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 is the exposure control, which is 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 with. 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.

Regardless, the outing was fun, enjoyable, and the time spent with the camera was full of expectation. 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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