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Lomopedia: Konica Hexar RF

If our previous installment featuring the Konica Hexar (AF) got you intrigued, we're sure we'll have your undivided attention in this installment dedicated to its equally sought-after rangefinder counterpart!

If you’ve read the Lomopedia installment for Konica Hexar, the part about it being tagged as “AF” to indicate that it’s the autofocus compact camera and not the rangefinder variant must have gotten your attention. After around three years of going around the rumor mill, Konica finally unveiled the Hexar RF on October 13, 1999. This 35mm rangefinder camera most likely made headlines in the photography world for having a bayonet mount called “Bayonet Konica KM-mount,” modeled after the Leica M-mount. This means that the Hexar RF can mount and focus lenses made for Leica and other M-mount cameras.

According to Camera Quest, it was the “first substantially new M mount camera body since the Leica M6 was launched in 1984”.

Furthermore, Camera Quest noted that the Konica Hexar RF was more or less a Leica M6 upgraded to have AE exposure with AE lock, motorized film advance and rewind, a finder shutter speed display, and electronic metal shutter with a wider shutter range. In short, it had features that no Leica M camera had until the Leica M7 was introduced in 2002.

Technical Specifications:

  • Film Type: 35mm
  • Film Speeds: Read DX, or set 6 ~ 6,400 manually.
  • Film Loading: Pop-open back with film window
  • Film Advance: Electronic motorized advance, only (no lever)
  • Film Rewind: Power rewind only
  • Focusing System: Coupled rangefinder
  • Lens Mount: Bayonet Konica KM-mount; Leica M bayonet mount compatible
  • Metering System: TTL manual and AE
  • Exposure: Center-weighted meter; TTL, Read off curtains, Easy exposure compensation dial on top, but no center detent; Compensation warning LED in finder
  • Shutter: Vertical metal electronic focal-plane
  • Shutter Speeds: Manual – 1/4,000 ~ 1s and bulb; Auto – 1/4,000 to at least 16 seconds
  • Flash Sync: 1/125; no TTL metering
  • Self timer
  • Remote release: Standard cable release
  • Weight: 21.215 oz. (601.4g), with film and batteries, but no strap, lens or caps; 20.435 oz. (579.3g), with batteries but without film
  • Power: Two CR2 3V lithium batteries

All information for this article were sourced from Camera Quest, Camerapedia, Photoethnography.com, Ken Rockwell and Wikipedia.

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This is the original article written in: English. It is also available in: Italiano.