In fact, this camera can focus, compute exposure, and control flash in complete darkness. Our sellers believe in transparent pricing and sharing information with the global photography community. Focusing is nice and fluid, the aperture ring works great as well. The bottom plate has the cover for the batteries and a tripod socket. And, like special operations forces, it is not always the best tool for every mission. The image you see, is something like a 20mm wide angle lens, parallax corrected by frame lines which it gets smaller or larger as you change lenses or focus. Weird Program Mode Note that in P mode the Hexar will not use a shutter speed slower than the user-set minimum, even if it is required for proper exposure, but still takes the picture.
Or you can use a ballpoint to press the manual rewind button. I think Konica was confused as to whether this would be a point and shoot or true rangefinder. I quickly got a feel for the meter as having a centre-weighted pattern and got on with shooting. A frameline preview lever on the front of the camera allows for temporary selection of a frameline pair other than the one selected by the mounted lens. Click on one to see them all larger with an option for full size.
This aspect saves a lot of time, and the workflow is more fluid. I look back at my and almost cringe at how negative I was about it. Red plus and minus signs in the viewfinder is a very accurate exposure meter. Mechanically: The focus is either unusable, jammed or just damn annoying. I even found myself getting over the lens balance issue. Do not press any buttons.
If you hold it down, you can set your distance manually and the camera remembers every time you come back — useful for hyperfocal technique. The Hexar was shockingly good, despite its quirky button use to set the cameras functions with. The lens was highly regarded and it just seemed so simple and right. And those same frame lines correct for parallax. Rack up a nerve and take out your soldering iron! When in doubt use a tripod. Body construction is a cast- chassis with top and bottom plates, finished in flat black, with a rubberised cover and slightly raised hand-grip.
In fact, I got so bogged down in it that I ended up moaning to my patrons on my about it. Dents, scratches, wear on the surface and paint. The other is perfect balancing of flash using a combination of techniques, including traditional distance-aperture programming, rear-curtain synch, and stopping-down mid-exposure. No buttons or menus to navigate. To start with, this was because the balance of the camera and lens was spot on both hanging on a strap and in the hand. Manufacturer support has long ended, parts are unavailable, and there are very few repair companies that will look at them — at least that I know of. Price range and value for money In 2018 , you can buy this Konica Hexar Rf from 800 to 1200 dollars, which is pretty high, for a Leica wanna be camera.
But the cam is definitely worth the effort. Konica has always been a company with its own master plan on photography. Luckily, you can fix it yourself. However, the process for setting it is not intuitive. Of course, therein lies the disadvantage — at least to someone relatively new to the camera — as I discovered on a recent outing with some friends. I believe Bellamy Hunt at can do the same. Mounting the 90mm brings up a fairly small set of lines — though I still managed to get a couple of shots with the 90mm that I was happy with.
Mechanically: The focus is smooth and steady and within the brand rigidity standards. A metal pull-out surrounds the lens. We guarantee that the deficiencies are not visible on the images. There is no provision for non-electronic shutter release; charged are always required for shutter operation. The ricoh gr-1, otoh, is as easy to compensate as a leica M - just turn the wheel this or that way. You can focus to within 2 feet. I would contribute once in a while, but mainly decided to stay a lurker.
So if the camera is in P or A mode it'll use that until it's changed back. My gut response was quite negative, but actually as a regular rangefinder photographer, I quite quickly got used to it without even really thinking about it. It feels like a premium camera, made from top quality materials. Mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. In short, buying one of these cameras carries with it a much better chance of heart break than buying a mechanical film camera. The shutter is completely vibration-free.