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REVIEW: Konica FC-1



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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2014-06-03

Konica FC-1

Introduced in 1980.

Technical info

Lens mount: Konica AR
Shutter: 1/1000s to 2s + B
Light meter: Through the lens, center weighted (ISO 25 - 1600)
Battery: Four SR44 (1.5v)
Flash: Flash hot shoe + PC sync connection (sync 1/60 sec)
Weight: 530g

Self-timer

Takes standard 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.

Operating
Konica FC-1


Viewfinder:

Good size and brightness.

Info:
Left side has the light meter info and shows apertures from f/1.4 to f/22.
A red led light shows which will be used in auto.
Or which aperture is recommended in manual.

Focus aid:
Split screen and Microprism


Shutter type:

Focal plane
Vertical metal blade.

Electronically controlled.


Build quality:

Much of the exterior is plastic and the body is metal.
So it is still quite nice and solid.

Look, feel and sound:
I find this to be a great looking camera.
The feel is also fairly good despite the plastic exterior.
Buttons and levers has a quite standard feel.
Shutter and mirror sounds are a little bit to the noisy side but nothing to bad.








Usability:

Simple cameras which has manual shutter and supports auto aperture.
But it don't have a way to lock the light meter in this auto funktion.
And this camera is not as fluid to use in full manual as other similar cameras.
That is because the light meter only shows which aperture you need to use with the current selected shutter speed.
But you can't see in the viewfinder which aperture is selected and you then usually need to look on top of the lens and turn the aperture ring for the correct setting.
Not a big problem but one more step then Nikon F or Pentax cameras with the same age for example.

But other than that it is a very standard and easy to use.
It also has a great quick load system so you can easily and quickly load new film.

The camera feels good in your hands and buttons and levers are well placed.


Conclusion:


You do get a nice and basic camera in a quite nice and lightweight body.
Today these are also often quite cheap so you get quite a lot for you money.

But do lack a mirror lock or equivalent, vibrations are however not too bad so it's not a big problem.
It also uses its own type of cable release accessory and can't use a standard one.



Thumbs up:
Light weight but still quite nice build quality
Viewfinder
Reliable
Looks
Quick load system

Thumbs down:

A bit plasticky
No light meter lock in auto aperture
Can't use a standard cable release




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