The Konica was "Made in Occupied Japan" from 1948 - 1950. The
lens-mounted synch-post makes mine a 1950 model.
It came from a junk store in Maine.
Shown here sporting a Konihood, I took the Konica out in my
The Konica 1 has a collapsible, f2.8 Hexar lens set in a Konirapid
shutter with a top speed of 1/500 sec.
As you can see, a Maine carpenter used the camera to drive nails.
When I bought the camera the shutter shutter blades were frozen and the
oddball film advance system didn't work.
The front lens element screws off so a bit of Ronsol and graphite freed
up the shutter blades.
I took off the top of the camera and used a punch and hammer to
straighten out the rangefinder housing. This brought the
film advance thing into alignment.
The rangefinder worked fine even before my sheet metal work.
The Hexar is clean but produces weird effects around highlights. If I
was a Leica guy
I guess I'd call it "bokeh."
Things are tough for plastic Flamingos in Massachusetts these days.