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Konica Auto S3 Compact 35mm Rangefinder f/1.8 38mm

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9/10 overall condition and comes with 6 months warranty.  CLA'ed by Yoshi. Meter and exposure converted to use 1.55v battery.

Serial Number: 192488

DESCRIPTION:

The Konica Auto S3 is a versatile 35mm, shutter priority, rangefinder camera produced from 1973 through 1977. The S3 has a fast (f/1.8) 38mm, six-element lens that has.a reputation for producing extremely sharp and detailed images. Heralded by many as the standout compact rangefinder of the 1970’s; the Auto S3 provides amazingly high performance from a 6-Element, 4-Group lens acclaimed by Modern Photography as, “one of the best semi-wide angle optics of its speed we have ever tested". ALL apertures demonstrated center values between 64 to 82 lines per millimeter of resolution providing impressive Leica-class performance. The Auto S3 epitomizes Konica's advertising claim from the '50's that proudly proclaimed, "...the lens alone is worth the price". 

 

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Produced: 1973-1977 (≈200,000 cameras produced over 5 year term)
  • Model: Auto S3 in export markets, C35 FD in Japan domestic market
  • Finish: Auto S3 and optional finish C35 FD = Black Anodized Aluminum, C35 FD (standard finish) = Bright Chrome
  • Focusing System: Coupled coincident image rangefinder with fixed brightlines and parallax compensation marks. Lens uses helicoid focusing
  • Lens: f1.8 38mm, 6 elements in 4 groups with 49 mm filter thread
  • Shutter: Copal automatic leaf shutter 1/8 to 1/500 + B and self timer. X-flash sync at all speeds
  • Shutter speed: 1/8-1/500 sec.
  • Shutter priority automatic exposure with exposure lock feature (unusual for compact RF class) activated by partially depressing the shutter release.
  • Aperture: f/1.8- 16
  • Metering system: CdS photocell mounted above the lens inside filter ring. Shutter priority auto exposure, ASA 25-800. Needle in viewfinder displays current aperture
    • Flash: Flash hot shoe and PC socket with balanced daylight/synchro exposure. Guide numbers 7 to 56
    • Display in viewfinder: aperture, over/under exposure
    • Battery: 1.35v PX675 mercury-type
    • Size: 112W x 80H x 60D mm, 410g

SOURCE

REVIEW:

The Konica Auto S3 makes my favorite images of any camera I have ever used in 35mm format. The S3 has a fast f/1.8, 38mm, six-element four-group lens, and to quote Modern Photography, “One of the best semi-wide angle optics of its speed we have ever tested. All apertures demonstrated center values between 64 to 82 lines per millimeter of resolution providing Leica-class performance.” Now, I have no idea what that means, and I don’t really care. All that matters to me is how the photo looks when I’m looking at it, and every photo from the Konica Auto S3 is damn pretty...

                                                                                              -Mike Caputo

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REFERENCES: http://www.35mmc.com/30/08/2015/the-konica-auto-s3-guest-review-by-mike-caputo/

http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Konica_Auto_S3


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Type: 35mm Camera

Vendor: Konica