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For Sale: Konica Auto S2 - 45mm f1.8 Hexanon lens - 35mm rangefinder camera
Listed: 10-05-2019, 08:27 AM Total Price: 45 Currency: USD Item Location: United States City or State: Boston, MA Shipping Destinations: Continental U.S. Only 

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Konica Auto S2 - 45mm f1.8 Hexanon lens - 35mm rangefinder camera

Asking Price
45.00 USD

Item Location
Boston, MA (United States)

Item Description
Continuing to downsize my film collection. Here's a nice looking and working Konica rangefinder, which I got as a "hand on museum visit." From what I gather, it was made in the mid 70s as a consumer camera.

When I got it, the viewfinder was foggy, but I took the top off and cleaned it (carefully, needles to say). So now it's clear, and the patch is easily visible. As expected, it has a blue tint, the path and bright lines are yellow-ish, and the bright lines parallax compensation mechanism works (the lines shift to a smaller area as you focus closer). From day to day use, it also seems accurate (e.g. portraits are in focus, infinity is infinity), although the rangefinder took some time to get used to as I was coming from (D)SLR viewfinders.

I like the lens, the focal length is about as normal as it gets. Stopped down it's sharp, and wide open it has a pleasant rendering and it's pretty sharp in the center. The only real downside is the minimum focus distance of just under a meter, it's common for rangefinders.


The shutter works well, the lens is clean. I've been careful not to trigger the auto timer, which the internet claims leads to failures more likely than any other type of use. The aperture ring clicks and works as it should, I'm pointing this out because the first camera I bought (and got refunded) had a smooth aperture ring and the shutter failed after a few shots.


The meter works, but I've been using it with a standard LR44 1.5V cell (adapter included), and I was never able to test if it is indeed calibrated still. This isn't accurate enough for precise exposure or for the "auto mode" where the camera sets the aperture for you. So most of the time I guess with sunny 16, but it is enough to let me know if I'm grossly under exposing. With a bit of experience and guessing from my other cameras, I've had a fair bit of success with BW film, but I would hesitate to use it like this with slide film.












Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
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Selling

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Excellent

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Continental U.S. Only

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included for CONUS

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no returns

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!

Last edited by aaacb; 10-05-2019 at 08:45 AM.
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10-09-2019, 04:02 PM   #2
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Bump for a fun rangefinder

Have one of these with the box and leather body cover on the shelf at home. A fun change of pace from SLR land. There is a specialist in Nebraska who CLAs these as well - haven't used him, but have emailed with Greg - WELCOME TO WEBER CAMERA

Cheers!
Z
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