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Konica slr lens mount

Max de Hertelendy , Jul 19, 2000; 08:44 a.m.

I'got a very old Konica Autorreflex T that doesn't work. The body is in very bad shape and I couldn't get it fixed. But the lens on it, an 52mm 1.8 Hexanon is still in very good condition, and it's construction and quality are great. I don't know if there's any other camera brand with wich it would be compatible, and I don't know anyone who has an konica slr now. I would like to buy a compatible cheap body to use it, or give it to someone who could. Suggestions about compatibility??

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andrew schank , Jul 19, 2000; 11:21 a.m.

Nobody else made a camera that can take that lens. You may want to look for a working "later model" Konica body on ebay if you really like that lens, or sell the lens on ebay.

andrew schank , Jul 19, 2000; 11:47 a.m.

Here's a later model body on e-bay that sounds like a nice one: http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=381992111

ed nicholson , Jul 19, 2000; 06:10 p.m.

As was pointed out, only Konica SLRs have the Konica lens mount. But if you get another Konica SLR, consider getting a Konica FT1. The T-models (Autoreflex, T1, T2, T3, T3n, T4) use mercury cells which are no longer made (illegal because of the mercury). The FT1 and FS1 use regular AAA or AA batteries, depending on which grip it has. I would suggest the FT1 because it has a better motor and is more energy-efficient than the FS1.

Jeff Drew , Jul 20, 2000; 11:23 a.m.

I am a Konica user since 1970 and have purchased a few extra bodies. Wein cells will work in them. Good used bodies are available at dealers, too. I have purchased some, near mint, for under $100. Hexanon lenses are decent, and the Konica series pioneered some modern concepts. I have owned the FS-1, don't seek them! The FT-1 is a better choice. There is the FP-1 model too, for a snapshot type SLR and your lens, is workable.

Mark Webster , Jul 25, 2000; 07:34 a.m.

I see quite a few old Konica SLR's in pawnbroker's about the place - particularly in holiday towns where surfers go (and run out of money). They're usually very low priced - I picked up a TCX body in great condition recently for $75.00 Aus.

On another note - (to Jeff Drewe) the comment on the FS-1 came too late for me - I just bought one. $150 Aus in a surfing town!!! I'm unfamiliar with this one, having used an autoreflex T for the last 20 years. It has two puzzling features on the front of the body - on the shutter button side near the top is a small opaque rectangular lens-type thing - it looks like it probably has a light behind it, but I haven't seen it light up. The other puzzle is on the other side of the front of the body, a round, internally threaded piece about quarter inch in diameter, with 5 gold coloured dots and one opening arranged inside the thing. Can you help me with what these 2 things are?

I'm also curious about the metering - it seems more accurate, particularly with backlit situations than the Autoreflex T - would you know whether it is spot or averaging or both? thanks for any help on this.

Mark.

ben arthur , Sep 03, 2000; 11:46 p.m.

mark said: "on the shutter button side near the top is a small opaque rectangular lens-type thing - it looks like it probably has a light behind it, but I haven't seen it light up"

this is the self-timer. just push the opaque thingy, and it will start blinking red. a short time later the shutter will trigger.

a dealer once told me what the gold flash thingy was, but i forgot. it might have been something to do with an external flash, or possibly a remote trigger for the shutter.

Alan Myers , Jan 16, 2001; 05:50 p.m.

Response... accessory port on FT-1, FS-1, etc.

In answer to the above question, the little "port" on the front of the last few models of Konica cameras is an interface allowing a variety of accessories to attach to the electronics of the camera.

One of the most important is an electronic shutter release, as the release button on the camera itself does not provide for a traditional, screw-in type of shutter release.

There are a number of other types of accessories which use this port and it's 5 connections to the camera's electronics, including a left-handed shutter button, macro-ring, semi-dedicated flash accessories and more.

This was a pretty advanced concept for it's time! Now, if only they could have found a better way to cover the port than that silly little black plastic plug that is so easy to lose!

Michael Lepard , Mar 25, 2001; 01:20 a.m.

Konica SLR Manuals on-line for FREE.

If you need anymore help, you may find it in the manauls for free project up at the Photography Blue Book web site:

http://photobluebook.virtualave.net

http://photobluebook.virtualave.net

There are lots of Konica items, reviews, lenses, cameras etc there too for your reference.

Mike LePard

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