Thursday, May 6, 2010

Konica L

The Konica L was a 35mm, rangefinder camera introduced in the 1950s by the Japanese firm Konishiroku Photo Industry Co. The Konica L was compact, light and offered a bright frame viewfinder for easy and accurate sighting. It represented a radical departure from the conventional concept of automatic exposure control. It used a Hexar 40mm f/2.8 lens which was made of 4 elements in 3 groups; each one of these elements was amber-coated. It could focus from 3 feet to infinity.

Specifications

The Konica L used a Seikosha L leaf shutter (built in the lens of the camera) with speeds from 1/30 to 1/250th of a second plus B. Flash sync X was at 1/30. The exposure meter was cross coupling by adjustable needle to match fixed mark, either in viewfinder field or at top of camera body. The film advance of the Konica L was by a thumb-operated, single-stroke lever which was situated on the right side of the top plate. By one 120ยบ stroke of the lever, the film advanced one frame and cocked the shutter simultaneously.

Konica L