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Konica Film Cameras

As a company, Konica can trace its roots back to 19th century Japan. In 1948, the first Konica I camera was produced. For years, the company produced cameras with high-quality lenses called Hexanon. In 2003, Konica merged with Minolta, and in 2006, they ceased production of all things related to photography. As a result, you may find cameras labelled Konica or Minolta.

Point and Shoot

Numerous Konica Minolta point-and-shoot film cameras have been made over the years. One of the most popular of them was the Big Mini. This camera was produced in 1990, but continued to be very popular for as long as Konica made cameras. One of the benefits of the Big Mini was the extremely good-quality sharp lens on the inexpensive camera.


Konica Minolta SLR film cameras included the aforementioned Hexanon lenses. These lenses were generally considered very high-quality optics. The Konica SLRs were only produced between 1960 and 1987. These cameras are considered heavy by today's standards. You may also find Konica Minolta SLRs, but they were only made for a few years in the 2000s.


Popular for a time, Konica Minolta rangefinder cameras have made a comeback in recent years. Rangefinders allow the photographer to measure the distance before focusing the camera. Many cameras showed two images in the rangefinder; as the photographer focused, the two images would fuse into one, showing the proper distance. Older rangefinder cameras require the user to set the distance separately, but newer versions couple the rangefinder and the focusing ring. Since the photographer never looks through the lens, it can take some getting used to composing images with rangefinder cameras.


If you do not find quite the right Konica camera for your purposes, consider a lens instead. The Hexanon (SLR) lenses have a reputation for sharpness and quality. Many of the rangefinder lenses are of interest too. While they cannot be used interchangeably with SLR lenses, they may be used in mirrorless cameras.

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