Rollei Giro 30 AF vs Konica C35 AF

Discussion in 'Modern Film Cameras' started by nguyen_anh_mai, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. Hello everyone!
    I was offred to buy a Rollei Giro 30 AF by one of the local dealer for 49 USD. The camera is in pristine condition. However, there is little to no information about the giro 30 AF on google. Do you guys have any idea where this camera was come from? Also Is the Konica C35 AF worth buying for 49 USD as well? Thanks and Photo love
     
  2. Rollei Giro manual https://www.manualslib.com/manual/315121/Rollei-105.html
    informal Konica review: http://www.photo.net/modern-film-cameras-forum/00bBLh
    The Konica is considered to be the first commercial 35mm AF camera. It's interesting, but mostly as a collector item.
    US$50 would be pretty high for either here in the USA, but maybe not for wherever you're located
     
  3. Thanks for the reply JDM von Weinberg! Yeah I am curently in South East Asia and it is hard to find a pns film camera in here. The konica is not really in my favor but I am very interested in the giro 30 AF. I saw the link to the manual you post but it is for the Rollei Giro Zoom. The one that I am asking has a fixed 30mm 3.5 lens which barely has any information online.
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  4. The Konica (as well as many early AF compacts) achieved autofocus with a limited number of steps. Many (not sure of Konica) might be less sharp at infinity since the infinity setting was often not included as one of the “zones”. Depth of field usually covered it, though. The Rollei, like many other precision single focal length AF cameras, should be a good performer. BTW, Konica did produce a couple of precision single focal length models: The A4 and the Big Mini. Both had 35mm f 4 Hexanons. The Olympus Stylus with its 35mm f 2.8, and the Yashica T3 and T4 are worth a look as well.
     
  5. I had one of the second generation of Konica AF, can't recollect the exact model number but it was slightly more advanced than the original AF. It eventually broke, but when it worked, it was quite good, reasonably sharp, and the exposure was usually very good too. As I recall it had a pretty wide lens, which made for good depth of field, and AF was never a problem. It was, as I recall, quite robustly made too. Mine died of some deep electronic glitch, not worth repairing at the time, but I used it for some time with good results.
    I very much like the Olympus Stylus Epic in its various forms, and my only argument with those is that they tend to default to factory settings when you turn them off, which means each time you open it you must disable flash and whatnot. The fixed lens 35 is very small and very nice to carry. Unfortunately, it's also easy to lose. I left one somewhere on a bike trail and never found it again.
     
  6. A couple of great features on the Stylus Epic: top shutter speed is 1/1000 second. Also, if shooting under fluorescent lamps the meter detects the lack of red in the light and will activate the flash to avoid the green cast that fluorescent lamps can give to color.
    The earlier AF cameras like the C35 AF and I think the Minolta Hi-Matic AF had manual film advance so battery life was fairly good.
     
  7. There are many good 35mm cameras available in the US in the $20 price range.
    That includes many quality SLRs.
    http://collectiblend.com/Cameras/search.php?param=giro
    suggests that other Giro models are also suggested to be in the $20 price range.
    But it will probably cost at least $30 to ship one from the US or Europe.
    Still, $30 is probably closer to the value, and you could ask for a price decrease. But you are likely to spend $20 or $30 for a roll of color film, processing, and printing.
     

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