Konica C35 FD is the Japanese domestic model name for the legendary Konica Auto S3.
Pretty much any list or forum thread asking for advice on the best ever compact rangefinder camera will feature this camera in the top five. Around the size of a Minolta Hi-Matic 7sII, and not much larger than a compact camera, the Auto S3 is every bit as sharp and boasts a superb viewfinder, even when used with glasses. However, the real reason this camera is so special is the Flashmatic external flash exposure system. When used with the Konica X-14 or X-20 flash unit, a second meter needle shows the flash exposure level based on the ASA setting, rangefinder distance and guide number. Using the manual shutter speed, you can balance the ambient exposure relative to the fill flash. No other rangefinder boasts such easy, precise and reliable flash exposure.
Despite the deserved popularity of the Konica Auto S3, the C35 FD is not as well known outside Japan. For every five Konica Auto S3’s that I see, I might see one C35FD if I’m looking hard. They are often mistaken for the much cheaper and ubiquitous f/2.8 models. This can translate into a better value buy if you know what you’re looking at.

LensFocal length: 38mmClose focus: 0.9mAperture: f/1.8 to f/16Formula: 6 element; 4 groups; MC. Sharp and contrastyFilter Thread: 49 mmRangefinderMagnification: 0.52x (est)EBL: 14.2mmMeterType: CdSPosition: Inside filterMode: full-time shutter priority autoexposureDisplay: Needle in finderExposure lock: half pressBattery: PX 675 mercury 1.3V. Mine works on silver batteries, about 1 stop over.
ShutterType: Leaf1/8 to 1/500 and bulb (with bulb lock release tab).FlashSync at all speeds to 1/500Connection: Hot shoe, PCGN GN 7 to 56mFilmType: 135, no DXRange 25ASA to 800ASA
BodyColour: black (Auto S3); chrome or black (C35 FD)Dimensions: 115 x 77 x 60mmWeight: 410g
Links
http://www.cameraquest.com/kons3.htm
http://photoethnography.com/ClassicCameras/index-frameset.html?KonicaAutoS3.html
http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Konica_Auto_S3
http://www.lomography.com/magazine/reviews/2008/06/09/konica-c35-fd-staff-review
http://35mm-compact.com/compact/konicaautos3.htm
http://www.erikfiss.com/foto/cams/konicas3/

Konica C35 FD is the Japanese domestic model name for the legendary Konica Auto S3.

Pretty much any list or forum thread asking for advice on the best ever compact rangefinder camera will feature this camera in the top five. Around the size of a Minolta Hi-Matic 7sII, and not much larger than a compact camera, the Auto S3 is every bit as sharp and boasts a superb viewfinder, even when used with glasses. However, the real reason this camera is so special is the Flashmatic external flash exposure system. When used with the Konica X-14 or X-20 flash unit, a second meter needle shows the flash exposure level based on the ASA setting, rangefinder distance and guide number. Using the manual shutter speed, you can balance the ambient exposure relative to the fill flash. No other rangefinder boasts such easy, precise and reliable flash exposure.

Despite the deserved popularity of the Konica Auto S3, the C35 FD is not as well known outside Japan. For every five Konica Auto S3’s that I see, I might see one C35FD if I’m looking hard. They are often mistaken for the much cheaper and ubiquitous f/2.8 models. This can translate into a better value buy if you know what you’re looking at.

Lens
Focal length: 38mm
Close focus: 0.9m
Aperture: f/1.8 to f/16
Formula: 6 element; 4 groups; MC. Sharp and contrasty
Filter Thread: 49 mm

Rangefinder
Magnification: 0.52x (est)
EBL: 14.2mm

Meter
Type: CdS
Position: Inside filter
Mode: full-time shutter priority autoexposure
Display: Needle in finder
Exposure lock: half press
Battery: PX 675 mercury 1.3V. Mine works on silver batteries, about 1 stop over.


Shutter
Type: Leaf
1/8 to 1/500 and bulb (with bulb lock release tab).

Flash
Sync at all speeds to 1/500
Connection: Hot shoe, PC
GN GN 7 to 56m

Film
Type: 135, no DX
Range 25ASA to 800ASA

Body
Colour: black (Auto S3); chrome or black (C35 FD)
Dimensions: 115 x 77 x 60mm
Weight: 410g

Links

http://www.cameraquest.com/kons3.htm

http://photoethnography.com/ClassicCameras/index-frameset.html?KonicaAutoS3.html

http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Konica_Auto_S3

http://www.lomography.com/magazine/reviews/2008/06/09/konica-c35-fd-staff-review

http://35mm-compact.com/compact/konicaautos3.htm

http://www.erikfiss.com/foto/cams/konicas3/

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