Konica I (1950 type)

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 neighborhood.




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.


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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.




Cemetery gate




Door into Laurie's church




American iron



Arista 200