Konica C35 EF  –  Vintage Camera

Konica C35 EF (three quarters)

Konica C35 EF (three quarters)

Konica C35 EF (three quarters)

Konica C35 EF (three quarters)

Konica C35 EF (front view)

Konica C35 EF (front view)

Konica C35 EF (rear view)

Konica C35 EF (rear view)

Konica C35 EF (top view)

Konica C35 EF (top view)

Konica C35 EF (with 35mm cassette for scale)

Konica C35 EF (with 35mm cassette for scale)

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Konica C35 EF Specifications

Manufacturer: Konishiroku Shashin Kōgyō K.K.
   
Origin: Japan
   
Made in: Japan
   
Introduced: 1975
   
Type: Viewfinder
   
Format: 135 Film
   
Dimensions: 12.7 x 7.5 x 5.8 cm

Konica C35 EF Review

The Konica C35 EF is the very first compact 35mm camera to feature a built-in flash. The “C35” in its name stands for “Compact 35mm” and the “EF” standing for “Electronic Flash.” In Japan, this camera is known by its nickname “Pikkari” which, as far as I can tell, translates roughly into “glittery brightness.”

The EF is constructed of metal and plastic which gives it nice, robust feel. It accepts a range of films from ISO 25 to ISO 400 and utilizes a fantastically sharp Hexanon 38mm f/2.8 lens that is preset to four different focus zones (1 meter, 1.5 meters, 3 meters, and infinity). Surprisingly, the shutter only has two speeds: 1/60 and 1/250 and can be put on a self-timer by adjusting the nob under the “EF” badge. The flash is activated by shifting the red arrow button towards the lens which makes it pop up.

In addition to this EF variant, I also own a Konica C35 EFP, its visually similar but technically inferior sister camera which has an all-plastic body and a slower, fixed-focus lens. Both of them were purchased on an online charity auction for approximately $10 each.

References:

McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown’s Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 2001-2002. (Grantsburg, USA: Centennial Photo Service, 2001), 382.

“Konica C35 EF,” Camerapedia, http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Konica_C35_EF

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