On a nice Sunday, Kenny walks in with something special.....
A Konica Hexar AF (Or Hexar QD, depending on where you buy them)
Bagged in a Nikon x Porter bag, is this precious hidden gem from the down fallen camera giant, Konica. So a quick mini rant is in order.
The Konica Hexar is one of the best P&S camera ever made in the 90s, quick, silent, great lens and a comfy grip (a comfy grip is pretty important). Offered with a magnesium alloy body, mounted with a Konica Hexar 35mm/f2 Lens that rumors to be par on with 6-element/7-element 35mm Summicron and equipped with the legendary silent mode that helps your ninja shots and avoid awkward moments when shooting on the street.
The frame-lines in the viewfinder are bright and they move, they move accordingly when you focus so you know how are you framing your shots. Much similar to a Leica M3 the Hexar AF makes virtually no noise, with half of the price tag. If your looking for a good street shooter and have a modest budget for around $400-$600 you cant go wrong.
Over at Lomography they sum up the Pro's & Cons of the Hexar AF as follows ...
- Great and outstanding lens.
- Several operative modes (pro gramme, aperture priority and manual).
- “Stealth” mode.
- Solid and comfortable body.
While the cons are:
- Inconvenient function operation (only 2 small function buttons “Select” and “MF” available).
- Top speed is 1/250….Not so good especially with high ISO films.
- Batteries. Powered by one 2CR5 6 volt lithium battery (for an estimated 200 24 exposure rolls). This batteries is not easy to come by (especially in my country) and pretty expensive.
Westend Camera Club x Kenny Lam
Taken with Canon Eos 6D, Leica Elmarit-R 24mm/f2.8
images Kenny Lam