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Manufactured in Japon from 1977 until 0.
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Konica C35 EF

Traduction de Sylvain Halgand.

C for Compact and EF for Electronic Flash.

Mid-1977, at the time of its launch in France, the camera was innovating by the fact of having an integrated electronic flash. This characteristic was hitherto reserved for 110 cameras and some rare others. Who more is, when the flash is used, there is an automatic adjustment of the aperture according to the distance and of the ambient luminosity.

The System of measurement consists of a CdS cell of which the eye is located just above the frontal lens of the lens. Behind this eye, a series of circular diaphragms is coupled with the ring of adjustment of sensitivity of film (this ring is concentric with the front face lens), in order to modify the quantity of light received by the cell. In the finder, there is on the left, a recall of the distance from development. On the right, an arrow moves with respect to the scale of the openings. As long as this arrow remains on a value, it is that the exposure is good. If the needle reaches the zones of over-exposure (in top) or under-exposure (in bottom), it is necessary to add a gray filter or to resort to the flash. If the arrow remains positioned in the zone of under-exposure, whereas the luminosity is raised, it is that pile (PX 675 with mercury) must be changed. The housing of the pile of the cell is with the back of the camera, sealed by a round mask. A partial pressure on the release makes it possible to memorise the measurement of exposure and to move the aiming to manage the back-lights, for example. Attention, it does not have there a switch for the cell. This one consumes electricity as long as it is exposed to the light. It is necessary to think as soon as possible of repositioning the lens cap after taking a photo.


The shutter has only two speeds (1/60 and 1/125).

The coupling of the cell being rather restricted, the recourse to the flash will be often necessary. The setting out of accumulator of this one is done while pressing on the button decorated with an arrow which is at the base of the lens. The flash is raised then of 14 mm the indication “ONE” located in frontage of the flash positions then opposite the arrow located on the right of the lens. It will be necessary to support on the top of the flash to give it in home position. The flash uses piles AA. A set of alkaline piles ensures approximately 250 flashes. The time of refill of the flash is 5 to 7 seconds. The NG of the flash is 14.

Loading, advances and unloading of film are entirely manual.