Konica C35 AF 1977 -- The "Fool Shoot Camera"

Discussion in 'Modern Film Cameras' started by jdm_von_weinberg, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Yes, in a unplanned hiatus n my march toward collecting early AF cameras into the digital realm, and with the new default for sorting posts (by most recent post), I am re-animating this post on the first commercially sold auto-focus 35mm camera.

    If you hate me for these "JDM's greatest hits", if enough of you (determined by me, of course) tell me to stop, I might.
    I don't think most of the participants then, are still around.

    Then again, the staff might rethink the ordering of posts? ?
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  2. JDM, it is strange to revive such old threads, but for the sake of truth, let me correct you a bit. I have two different Elikons. There were two mass produced models (plus there was yet another one, Elikon 1, I think, but I never saw it anywhere). The one on the picture in your post is the Elikon Autofokus. That was more known. A bit later they started manufacturing a cheaper 35CM, which had no AF. I think that both have, in addition to auto exposure, manual mode with manual aperture + fixed shutter of 1/125. The lens is pretty good (but then, the AF model cost like an SLR).
  3. It was the AF version that I was interested in, of course. I'm not clear what you are "correcting" however.

    I started the revival originally as a protest against having the latest post determing the ordering of the posts.

    Then I said, why not?
  4. I have a photo in my portfolio, "Ferry to Portland" taken with a C35AF3 but I don't know how to get into this post. At one point the camera jammed and I took out enough screws to split it in half. Didn't see anything wrong but when I reassembled it, it was fine again for a few rolls. Now it's jammed again until I have time to split it again. But it taught me to trust the concept of an automatic camera in theory.
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  5. IMG_20170524_135638.jpg By a coincidence, I had a chance to pull my both Elikons out of a closet and blow the dust off...
  6. For those younger members a study of this early autofocus system might prove interesting. The Konica C35 AF and many other AF compacts that followed actually "auto step focused" if I may coin a term. The more focus positions a camera had the more likely it was to achieve correct (or at least acceptable) focus. Depth of field could mask minor errors. Take for example, the excellent 38mm f2.8 Hexanon, which goes back to the original C35. When Konica introduced a zone focus version, the C35V, some concerns were raised over getting sharp focus when lens was wide open. We sold a few at the family camera shop and in general our customers were pleased with the results. I don't remember how many focus steps the C35AF had, but it was certainly more than the number of "focus clicks" the C35V or C35EF had. I would sum up (from seeing some excellent images posted recently and my own experience when we sold this camera) that when used within the limits of its design specs the C35 AF is capable of excellent results. Naturally, it's not a camera to take to a concert or sporting event (bur then neither was the original C35 or its competition).
  7. I have a C35MF which I took on a trip to Italy some years ago. I took it on a trip to Italy with 5 rolls of Elite Chrome. It worked fine but I was always apprehensive about so much automation so I bought a C35EF3 which has a 35mm Hexanon, auto exposure but manual focus and winding. There are 3 scales on the lens, feet, meters, and zone, The camera is very compact and came with a small case with a belt clip. It also came in several colors (who wants to be seen with a black camera?). This will be my first choice when I start to use up some of the Elite Chrome still in the freezer.
  8. The C35EF3 runs on AA batteries, easily available, an added bonus.

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