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The new Konica is the first substantially new M mount camera body since the M6 in , discontinued October and the first M mount camera produced independently of Leica. The Hexar RF is an excellent camera. With some features that no Leica M had until the introduction of the Leica M7 in How good is the Hexar? Excellent indeed. Feel and fit are up to Leica standards. Very simple well placed intuitive controls help make this camera a pleasure.

The standard top and bottom covers are Titanium- a very nice touch. Leica Copy?? Did anyone say "Leica Copy"? Wow, what an amazing coincidence that Leica and Konica came up with the same framelines and frameline combinations -- what are the chances of that happening??

More amazing is that the internal design seems to be a obvious copy of the Leica M. This near clone of the M6 finder at least from the standpoint of bare specifications is a first. Despite rumors to the contrary, the answer seems that it was not. While all of excellent quality, all are definitely a bit darker than the Leica M or Voigtlander Bessa R. The smaller image size of the framelines make it better suited for 50mm lenses and shorter in my opinion.

The 90 frameline is OK depending upon the subject, but the frameline is so small you will probably have a hard time framing what you are shooting. On the other hand, the 28 and 35 framelines are more usable for glasses wearers than any Leica M camera except the. See for yourself if you like it. On manual, the suggested shutter speed stays lit, while the manually set shutter speeds blinks in Red.

Also visible in the finder are exposure compensation warnings and flash ready signal with a dedicated flash unit. In use, this finder display system is very easy and convenient. Top left shows the LED frame counter and battery check. AE stands for automatic center weighted aperture control.

The film speed and exposure compensation are set with the larger dial. The Konica Hexar RF sports the phenomena of swing open back door film loading - something rare indeed in M mount cameras.

Those gold contacts in the film chamber set the automatic DX film speed from the film cartridge, but you do have the option of manually setting the film speed. The film loading and automatic rewinding is much faster than with a Leica M.

The metering cell in the film chamber reads reflected light off the gray metal shutter curtain. Although the Hexar RF does not presently have a data back, one apparently has been provided for in the future considering those gold contacts next to the film channel. The early production Hexar I examined had a much louder shutter than I would have liked.

All exhibit very high craftsmanship and have a great feel to working them. The focusing ring on all three is heavily ribbed and very convenient. User reports of the Konica lenses have turned out to be impressive.

Some people consider the Konica M optical quality comparable to Leica. The 50 and 90 have built in hoods. The 28 is supplied with a separate hood. The lenses are supplied with caps and leather pouch. IF you buy a Konica M lens, I suggest shooting it wide open at its closest focus distance to see if that particular lens focuses correctly with that particular body.

Focusing errors, if they exist, will show up wide open and at the closest focus distance, and can easily be masked at medium and small apertures at medium and far distances.

Hexar RF body size very slightly larger than the Leica M6, with squared off corners rather than round, weighing just under 22 oz with batteries. The new M6 motor introduced at Photokina is supposed to be much improved, yet the M6 with motor is obviously much larger, heavier, and more expensive than a Hexar RF with built in motor. The Konica adds up to faster operation without the added bulk and weight of a M6 motor or of a Rapidwinder. Aperture priority exposure with memory lock.

This is important because no Leica rangefinder has the convenience of aperture priority exposure operation. The memory lock is obtained by pressing down the shutter release. The sad truth is that the Rangefinder market is considered such a small marketing niche very little development money has been put into the breed over the last three decades to develop new features.

Fastest M Film Loading and rewinding by far. I know of no other interchangeable lens 35mm rangefinder with AE that has metered manual. Activate the metering by slightly depressing the shutter release.

This is a nice feature, but a lot depends upon the display and how well it was done. Some displays are great and stand out in any light, others can be hard to see.

A very Leica Like Metering system: Centerweighted meter silicon, reading off the first shutter curtain. Geez, how did this happen??? The Konica flash reads off a flash sensor on the flash itself, not through-the-lens! Either the Konica designers really screwed up by using this outdated system on their new camera, or they wanted to leave the TTL flash niche to the M6 TTL.

After the Leica M patent expired, Konica is the first to bring a new M camera to market. Faster overall operation due to Aperture priority, built in film advance, automatic film loading and rewinding.

Aperture priority exposure operation, with AE lock Internal Motor drive of up to 2. This trick is a lot more difficult if not almost impossible if you have to manually advance the film. Since the. The Hexar has no standard PC flash connection, though of course you can use the studio flash through an adapter on the hot shoe. Konica could have made a far more sophisticated camera which just buried the M6. Part of the answer seems to be that the RF was not originally a Konica design, but came from another Japanese company.

The Minolta CLE still looks good. Silent mode film advance as on the original Hexar. This will likely prove a big issue for many experienced M users. No manual speed backup if the batteries die A large lens lineup. It is almost as Konica is keeping its M lineup small so as not to dig too deeply into Leica M lens sales.

Remember Konica is a very rich company from its non-photographic operations. Had Konica wanted to, it has the capacity to introduce a wider range of lenses than Leica now has for the M.

I doubt it -- most photogs will choose Leica glass if the price is close. I wonder why Konica would design a modernized, but NOT leading design? Do their designers lack the vision, the budget, or do they want to position the Hexar below a yet to be announced Leica?? Right, sure it does. How Close Can a Leica copy be, and not be a Leica? He informed me the problem with a Japanese made M competitor was the viewfinder -- that Japanese industry simply lacked the ability to produce such a complicated optical viewfinder as the M6.

Two years later, Konica seems to have found a way. Konica is getting surprisingly bold in copying Leica technology. The most obvious change would be adding a Leica made finder with. An M7 like that would be worthy of the name. Probably not of course, but there is no law against dreaming. Cohn was definite at the Leica Historical Society meeting that there was not.

How is the Hexar RF working out so far? Body price is about half of a M6. Rumored monthly production is only cameras. If this is true, expect a long line for awhile. The camera tested is I wonder if the starting serial is In the US, Konica seems to be putting about as much marketing into the RF as the previous Hexar, which is to say none.

Eventually this will turn into a relatively low production camera if Konica does not increase the ad budget. July Update: The Hexar has been out long enough to put it more into more perspective. Despite the Hexar RF being a very well made camera with some unique M mount features, it seems to have gained modest but not overwhelming popularity amongst M users. IF you want the best finder, your choice is the M6.

As a long time M user, using this Konica has some pleasant surprises: After years of M loading, the easy effortless film loading is a refreshing change and a big time saver during shooting. Just guessing, I can probably load the RF 3 to 4 times in the time it takes me to load a M.

The automatic film rewinding is another shooting time saver -- things like this can add up to not missing that one great shot you are hoping to get -- instead of watching it go by as you are loading or unloading the camera.

The controls and quick and intuitive, a real pleasure to use. I like the Leica.


Konica Minolta HEXAR RF Manuals

Lens[ edit ] The camera is fitted with a 35mm fixed- focal length lens with autofocus and with a large maximum aperture of f2. The lens accepts lens filters of 46mm diameter however, camera settings must be manually adjusted to compensate for any reduction in light transmission caused by the filter. A metal pull-out lens hood surrounds the lens. The lens on the Hexar is considered to be of high quality for this type of camera and is often compared with other high-quality lenses such as those from Leica.



Because of this, the Hexar RF can mount and focus lenses designed for the Leica and other compatible M-mount cameras or, when used with an adapter, the earlier Leica thread mount lenses note that due to physical constraints there is no adapter to allow bayonet mount lenses to be fitted to a Leica screw-mount camera. When first released there was some controversy and discussion about whether the "Bayonet Konica KM-mount" of the Hexar RF was, in fact, fully compatible with the Leica M-mount. Konica made no comment on the issue, and continued to refer to their lens mount by their own name, with no reference to Leica. The latter seems to have become the consensus view.


Konica Hexar RF


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