Sunday, October 21, 2018
Konica Auto S2 - A Handful of Fun
Basic Features -
Lens: Hexanon f/1.8, f=45mm 6 elements in 4 groups, 55mm filter
Shutter: Copal SVA (B, 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60, 125, 250, 500)
Meter: Cds, powered by 1.3v mercury, with battery test (using a 1.5v cell is fine)
Dimensions: 138mm (width) x 82.2mm (height) x 73.5mm (thickness)
Flash - PC sync socket, coldshoe on top.
Meter scale visible on top deck
True rangefinder focusing
Weight: 750 grams
I owned one of these about a decade ago, and sold it, which I later regretted. My current camera came from Becky Ramatowski in NM, aka Astrobeck on Flickr and Facebook. I have a standard 1.5v cell in it, and so far, my shots from it have been perfect. It’s a shutter-priority camera when in auto mode, but you can also shoot it manually and without a battery. It takes 55mm filters, and of course, the meter works great with filters. The slip-out lens hood is a nice touch. The camera’s ISO settings range from 12-400, and with the fast lens, is great for most photography. The rangefinder patch is easy to see.
It certainly isn't a tiny rangefinder camera, and in size and appearance, looks much like a Minolta Hi-matic 7. I have had it on several trips now, and found it to be a pleasure to shoot with, and switching from Shutter-Priority Auto to full manual is not a problem. Overall, it's a keeper, and that wide aperture makes it great for shooting indoors and people close-up.
You can find these on ebay from 25-60 bucks. One in good working order is a wonderful camera to have, and you'll be happy with the results!
Here are some examples from the camera. All were taken on the same roll of Ultrafine Xtreme 400 film.