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My Konica FS-1 Arrived Today.....

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Posted 06 July 2016 - 02:29 PM

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It looks like a demo!!.. 
I had to clean up the battery compartment that had a very small amount of green crud on two springs for the (-) contact.
With new high quality Duracells, the camera powered right up!.
 
Motor good, lightmeter good, LEDs in VF are all good.
 
Shutter sounds good at all speeds, 
 
I do have an X24 flash (made for the FS-1), and the flash sync is good, and with lens in AE mode, I set either of the 2 auto modes on the flash, and the camera closes down to the correct f/stop set by the flash. The VF shows the set f/stop also with an LED.
 
It even has an external flash sync outlit :)
 
With my Konica 57mm f/1.2 Hexanon AR mounted, it feels very solid.
 
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Posted 08 July 2016 - 09:04 PM

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Here are some results from a roll of TMax 100 I shot today... in TMax DEveloper 1:4
 
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Posted 10 July 2016 - 08:19 PM

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Nice Pete.


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Posted 16 July 2016 - 08:23 AM

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Cool camera. I used to sell Konicas long, long ago. The T3 had the absolute smoothest film winding lever. Only thing that touched it were Leica M rangefinders. It was also built like a tank. Nearly featureless compared to this FS1. Enjoy the camera. Nice B&W images.


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Posted 17 July 2016 - 08:17 AM

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Looking for a T4 but, many are needing repair... maybe a TC (scaled down T4)



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Posted 17 July 2016 - 10:52 PM

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Barely remember the T4. It came out as I was getting ready to change jobs. Only saw it a month or so before I moved on.

Your 57mm 1.2 is nice. Many camera companies made a 57-58mm lens so you could look with one eye thru the viewfinder and the other eye being . The two images are supposed to be the same size, allowing your brain to superimpose both into one image. Does that work with this body?

Always loved the 40mm f1.8 pancake lens. Ah, the memories.

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Posted 18 July 2016 - 11:17 AM

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had the 40mm f/1.8 with my first Konica FT-1... great camera.. plagued now because of the electronics... even though it a latter model than the FS-1.

Both has a sprocketless takeup spool, making it difficult to leave the leader out while rewinding.

 

Not sure on the "open eyes" thing, being a left eye guy... the camera was always centered on my face with RF types.

 

The T4 was the last manual wind model, it was built on the TC body which is similar in size to the FS/FP/FT bodies

It is still a good user body, and there is a repair guy for these Konicas.... so getting it back up to specks is still available.

so buying one cheap with the he expectation to get a CLA can be an Okay deal as a user.

The biggest issue was the camera covering... bad glue and leatherette material that shrunk caused it to separate from the body.

 

 

I have a 1979 Nikon F2 with the DP-1 finder that I will spend around $300 to have a complete service to.. not just a CLA.

That camera is worth it!... buy a DP-12 (Photomic AS) and I can use Ai only lenses with the meter. (E series and any AF Nikkor)



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Posted 18 July 2016 - 08:36 PM

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I have a 1979 Nikon F2 with the DP-1 finder that I will spend around $300 to have a complete service to.. not just a CLA.
That camera is worth it!... buy a DP-3 and I can use Ai only lenses with the meter. (E series and any AF Nikkor)

 

 

Sounds like a plan Pete ! The F2 will outlive many of us. What a camera !
Here is a photo of the earlier model 'F' which I call as the 'mighty F'
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Posted 18 July 2016 - 09:05 PM

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The Original F is also having a comeback.

But, the motors are mostly useless without a total overhaul with someone that is an electrician to rebuild the guts. OEM Parts are rare to find

 

I like my F2... self timer doesn't work along with 2s-10s speeds on the self timer, I have a DW-1 and a DP-1 with a bad meter. 

Still want a DE-1 though.



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Posted 19 July 2016 - 08:43 PM

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I used to have great luck with a film leader retriever. Working in a camera dept. gave me plenty of time to practice.

F2's are nice. For that matter so are F3. 



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Posted 20 July 2016 - 06:39 AM

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I have a film retriever, I shoot 24x for economy, and a 24x is tough to retrieve at times... 


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Posted 26 October 2016 - 03:07 PM

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i love that lens   ... ive got one too..... the konica  slr is sweet ..... i wish modern dslr and mirrorless looked as good







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