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Old 12-05-2011   #1
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Konica IIIM journal

Hello from France,

Inspired by the very addictive Hexar AF journal on another thread and just because I love my Konica IIIM each day more, I had the idea of posting some pics here, taken with this Hexar AF ancestor and mostly BW classic films.

I hope I can post some pics and make this thread a journal, saying a few words to introduce or explain some of the images, and how I took them.

First thing to say is : no matter the camera, I could have taken all these images with a Leica M2, an Olympus Mju: II (Stylus Epic) or a Minolta CLE. But I really like this Konica IIIM and perhaps I'll find an occasion to let you know why.

Last word before posting image : I appreciate your feedback but don't expect too much. I'm only a poor amateur and I don't pretend to have any artistic talent.

Thanks and I hope some of you will appreciate the thread.

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I think the first image to show is what the camera looks like, because some of you may don't know it. Here is mine :



It's from the 50's, it has a real life 1:1 viewfinder and a sharp lens, named Konishiroku Hexanon 50mm f/1.8.

Some literature online :
http://www.dantestella.com/technical/koni3.html and
http://silverbased.org/konica-iiia/

Shall we go ?


OK, this would be Day One : probably the first image I took when I received the camera from Japan, a year ago.

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#1 - Tri-X and LC29

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salut Koni Kowa, j'ai reconnu ton pseudo depuis flickr

Nice images, I didn't know about the Hexar journal !
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Salut Lauffray... ben moi je ne reconnais pas ton pseudo. Who are you, exactly ?

Update : Aaaaah, salut Jérôme !

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I like to use an all manual system. I had a Hexar AF, sold it. Took another one, kept it a year, sold it. I think I don't want batteries anymore. So I've got an old light meter without battery in my pocket, and I don't look at the Konica IIIM light meter, even if it works.

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#2 - Tri-X and LC29

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We want to see more! I've occasionally considered getting a IIIM or IIIA...they look like such funky cool cameras and the reputation of the lens is great. I like the "journal" thread idea.
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The Konica IIIA exist in two versions : one has the Hexanon 48mm f/2 already seen on Konica II and III. But the rarest IIIA has the same lens than the IIIM : this Hexanon 50mm f/1.8.
I had a IIIA just before I found my IIIM, with the same lens it produces the same results. The camera itself is even nicer - to me - but mine had a dent and when the IIIM arrived, it looked like coming out from the box. So I sold the IIIA after two or three rolls, but I could recommend it over the IIIM.

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#3 - Konica IIIA, same lens. Tri-X and LC29

Note that the IIIA has a weird aperture/speed selection system, though. It's perfectly explained in the "SilverBased" link given upon.
For that reason, the IIIM may be an easier camera in everyday use. Here is a shot from the IIIA again :

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#4 - Konica IIIA, same lens. Tri-X and LC29

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Ah, the EV interlock. I've used cameras with these before. It's a great system IF you have a light meter that reads out in EV. Many of the old ones do, and I think even the newer digital ones do as well, or can be set to. Once you know the EV number and set it on the lens, the shutter speeds/apertures are locked together so you can do the archaic equivalent of the "program shift"--change the f-stop/shutter speeds while maintaining the same exposure. 1/60 at f8, 1/30 at f/11, etc.

Oh, I like both of those shots above. Great textures on the bottom ones!
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Thank you dreilly : you describe the EV thing way better than I could.
I'm not a big fan of this system, and I think they can miss some snapshots because it's too slow.
Selecting the 1/500 second speed for example was a real pain.

Back to the IIIM, now : it has the same great standard lens, but it is not aspherical for sure...

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#5 - APX 100 and LC29


I had the aperture/speed settings pre-selected and they were a bit too slow (too long exposure on the shoulder).
I focused, composed and the guy looked at me. Click !

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lovely thread that i will follow.
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Really nice thread and inspiring images. Konica III is a remarkable camera.
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Thank you for your feedback, I appreciate.

This guy has repaired several leather things for me : my twenty five years old school bag, for example.
And a Canon camera bag from the 1950's. And the original black case of my Minolta Autocord CDS-III.
He's interested in all those things because... he's responsible of a photo club here and he loves shooting BW film and making his own prints.
When I entered his little shop "Cordonnerie des Halles" that day with the IIIM, he asked me to see the camera, then we talked together as he was working on several pairs of shoes.

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#6 - Tri-X and LC29, 1/30 of a second wide open

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Old 12-05-2011   #13
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The Konica IIIM can do colors too.
It was one of those first sunny days last spring, I was curious about what a probably-single-coated lens can do and I loaded an expired Kodak Ektachrome EPP. I went 50 meters from my home, where they're building a new Theater. When I got the film back from the lab several weeks after (I always wait to have many rolls done before sending color films to the lab), results were better than what I expected.


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#7 - Kodak Ektachrome EPP 100
They can trust in the 50mm frame, it is accurate. And for closer focusing, the viewfinder has a parallax correction.


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#8 & 9 - same roll
The Konica's touch : in french we call them encoche, is notch the correct word in english ?
Each shot is rectangular with four "ears". Later, Konica will put a specific notch in Hexar and Hexar RF cameras.
Hasselblad and Fuji Xpan have their notch too. Konica IIIA does not have any.

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Old 12-06-2011   #14
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There are other threads talking about Konica III cameras here and there on RFF.com :
- Konica III by Jack Conrad
- Konica III by lxmike
- Konica III CLA service ? by Jay Decker
- Konica III help needed by Fawley
- Newly acquired Konica III by mrgooch
- Konica IIIA user manual by Kathmandu
- etc.

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Je vais suivre ce fil, ca promet, pas d'autres contributions ?
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I had a write-up on my Konica RF cameras at RFF. I have the Konica I, II, III, and IIIM, plus the Auto S2, and S3. The lenses are first quality.

Link to the Konica write-up:
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...ad.php?t=46638
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My Konica IIIM has the 50mm/1.8 while the III has the 48mm/2. Both are superb lenses.
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I have one of the konica IIIa.....I love the lens and the camera... solid , easy to use and great quality lens...
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Old 12-12-2011   #19
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It's been quite a nice november here, and the Hexanon is prone to flare. I don't really care, do you ?

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#10 & 11 Come shine - Tri-X and LC29

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I like the viewfinder so much that I often use it for vertical composition.
But you may prefer horizontal landscape, and I have some too.

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Old 12-16-2011   #21
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Two more images, from the same roll again.
I often carry the KIIIM with me when I'm walking in the streets,
and going down to the sea shore.

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Old 12-30-2011   #22
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For the last hours of 2011, I wish you some happy moments with your friends and families.

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Thank you pink army. Happy new year to all the RFF members.

For some reason, I took lots of gear for Christmas holidays with my family, but all I used was the KIIIM.
I think until now I have got seashore shots on all the rolls I took with the KIIIM.
Anyway, here are five more from Brittany, France - the place I come from :


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In 2012 and as long as I can, I'll be still using this old mechanical camera from 1959.
It will be loaded with this old film they used to call Kodak Tri-X. Do you remember ?
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My KIIIM becomes narcissistic...

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how big is that thing? Can you make a comparison show with a Leica or something?
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i like the last one, how did you get this curve lines around camera?
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It has been quite a long time...

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(Sorry I put this image offline)

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The last two are really wonderful.
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Thank you very much.

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how big is that thing? Can you make a comparison show with a Leica or something?
Not big...
About the size of a Contax IIIa with a 50/2... or thereabouts.
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Ah, the EV interlock. I've used cameras with these before. It's a great system IF you have a light meter that reads out in EV. Many of the old ones do, and I think even the newer digital ones do as well, or can be set to. Once you know the EV number and set it on the lens, the shutter speeds/apertures are locked together so you can do the archaic equivalent of the "program shift"--change the f-stop/shutter speeds while maintaining the same exposure. 1/60 at f8, 1/30 at f/11, etc.

Oh, I like both of those shots above. Great textures on the bottom ones!
The EV interlock can easily be disconnected by a good service person, I use a IIIA with it disconnected, doing so also frees up the rings which makes the camera very fast and easy to use. I'd recommend having it done it to anyone using them.
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Hello there, I found a Konica Auto S1.6 last month, it is a sort of KIIIM little brother. I have been using it a lot recently. Very good built quality, nice and clear viewfinder, Planar optics, accurate light meter... The IIIM is still my favorite one, with its 1:1 life-size viewfinder. And the body is smaller too.

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The EV interlock can easily be disconnected by a good service person, I use a IIIA with it disconnected, doing so also frees up the rings which makes the camera very fast and easy to use. I'd recommend having it done it to anyone using them.
Pull back on the black EV ring and turn it to set shutter speed alone; pull back on the camera-left serrated part of said ring to change aperture independently, using the other hand to turn the aperture ring (there's a tiny serrated section at the bottom).

The IIIA especially is a beauty and the 50mm f/1.8 is a great lens - but I'm pretty sure the shutter-speed/aperture assembly was designed after a very heavy liquid lunch.
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Hello there, I found a Konica Auto S1.6 last month, it is a sort of KIIIM little brother. I have been using it a lot recently. Very good built quality, nice and clear viewfinder, Planar optics, accurate light meter...
I think, KAS1.6 is a brother of KAS2 with 45/1.8 lens. KAS series have nice lens and VF but construction and materials aren't on par with III series. DOF scale is sissy, too
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Hello !
I'm back from Lourdes where I made 5 rolls with the KIIIM, 3 with the Rollei and 20 testing my ZM Sonnar.
Looking at my first 120 pictures, I see no big difference in terms of quality between the M6 + ZM Sonnar (€1.800 kit) and the KIIIM (€250 all-in-one camera). The KIIIM may be prone to flare where the ZM Sonnar is not. But I found the KIIIM viewfinder better (life size) and I used both cameras without checking a light meter constantly.

I'm developing and scanning this 'reportage' and it's a sort of faith book.

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Shooting in the streets of Lourdes, I took several portraits. Most of them were unobtrusive but this one was asked with a smile, no word needed.

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I just found a Konica IIIA in the classifieds. Konica rocks !



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Yes, she was real. Yes, I took another portrait of her, closer.
Yes, she was fascinated by the KIIIM and so we had a love affair.

No kidding.

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