Saturday, August 20, 2011

The User’s Review: Konica C35 AF released in 1977

My blog focuses on AF slr cameras, but can't miss C35 AF, simply because it's the 'world first auto focus camera system' as stated on the front cover of the smaller version of C35 AF manuals. C35 AF is a rangefinder camera, not a slr.

Got mine at USD 15 including shipping online in 8/11/2011, in very good used condition except the aging light seals on the body. I also bought two copies of user's manuals separately. After receiving them, found they are two different versions, the smaller in English only, the bigger in English/Duetsch/Francais/Svensk/Espanol.

Let's open the case to look at the camera.

The original lens cap also covers the three windows of AF sensor and viewfinder to avoid shooting without taking-off the lens cap. 

I had to turn the ring around the lens to set ASA. The ring is not easy to turn, so I have to used my both hands to hold the camera and to set ASA.

The red distance indicator shows a distance estimate only after the shutter released. No way to tell AF distance before shooting. The white arrow sign by the side of the distance scale shows that the flash fully reach the position to charge.

The light by the rewinding knob indicates that the flash is ready. There is a red light in the right-upper corner of the viewfinder winder, telling you under-exposure and need of flash. Can use a traditional shutter cable to fire the shutter. 
Inside the film doors of some Konica cameras, there is a sticker of Sakura color film ad (see the red). 

C35 Af powered by two AA batteries

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