Lomopedia: Konica Pop

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A popular 35mm compact camera from the 1980s, the Konica Pop's simple design, easy controls, and eye-catching colors continue to win the hearts of both beginner and seasoned film photographers to this day. Find out more about this vintage beauty in this installment of Lomopedia!

Introduced by Japanese camera maker Konica in 1982 and manufactured until 1985, the Konica Pop (or C35 EFJ in Japan) became one of the most popular 35mm compact cameras from the 1980s, with 1.5 million models sold. While it’s a very basic camera with a fixed focus, single shutter speed, and manual film advance lever, its simple design, bright colors, and 36mm f/4 Hexanon lens make it a fairly popular addition to every camera collector and film photographer’s stash to this day.

Konica Pop in several colors, with black and red the most common. Photos via Camera Wiki, Collection Appareils, and 52 Cameras on Blogspot

Technical Specifications:

  • Lens: 36mm, maximum aperture f/4. Early models are marked ‘Hexanon’; post 1985 are not.
  • Shutter speed: fixed at 1/125s.
  • Built-in flash which pops up, hence the name.
  • Button for close-up flash work (alters aperture accordingly).
  • ISO selector: For 100/200/400 only.
  • Tripod bush
  • Possibly unique folding rewind lever (metal) on underside of body. (Later used again on the AF3).
  • Power: 2 AA batteries (for flash)
Credits: candy_1006, linuxbcn & hanat9651

If you liked this article, you might also want to check out Konica Pop: The Colour Machine.

All information for this article were sourced from Camera Wiki and Camerapedia.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2013-11-26 in #reviews

3 Comments

  1. segata
    segata ·

    This was the first Camera to re-introduce me to analouge photography, I got it for a few pounds in a charity shop whilst searching for a vintage restoration project and apart from a light seal failure its been a cracking little camera and if someone wants a small compact thats no fuss and looks good on a shelf then I couldnt recommend the Pop more, nice article :)

  2. jvujnovi
    jvujnovi ·

    I bought a similar camera (called opticam) that seems to be based on this from Value Village. I like the wide-angle (relative for point and shoot) and it's also a solid construction.
    It seems that BeLomo manufactured a similar camera called Elikon 5 (which I also own) that was zone focus and f-stops.
    Lomography should consider manufacturing a similar camera.

  3. iamtheju
    iamtheju ·

    I always find this camera hard to aim. I just end up shooting from the hip. Fun though.

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