Leica is known for its ingenuity and craftsmanship as a camera manufacturer. Let’s take a closer look at its first autofocus camera, the Leica AF-C1, in this installment of Lomopedia.
Straight up, the Leica AF-C1 is a compact 35mm autofocus camera that shoots crisp photos with its two switchable lenses.
The AF-C1 is not to be confused with the later C1 model from Leica. The camera was originally based on the Minolta AF-Tele Super and shoots with two focus lengths: 40mm f/2.8 and 80mm f/5.6 lenses. The Leica AF-C1’s sleek body design shorter focal length of 40mm set it apart from the Minolta AF-Tele Super.
Some of the more notable features of the AF-C1 are the autoflash setting that activates automatically in poor lighting conditions, variable shutter speed range, viewfinder markings, self-timer, and automatic ISO setting with the DX codes, among others.
Leica AF-C1 Technical Specs:
- Film Format: 35mm
- Lens: 40mm f/2.8 and 80mm f/5.6
- Focus Range: 0.7m and 2.3m to infinity
- Focus: Active multi-beam infrared autofocus with focus memory and coupled exposure memory
- Exposure System: Automatic exposure system, center-weighted integral metering with automatic flash activation in low light or extreme contrast
- Shutter Speed: 1/8s to 1/400s
- ISO Range: ISO 50 to ISO 3200, ISO is set to 100 without DX coding
- Flash: Activated automatically in low light conditions, manual on and off capability, shutter release is blocked until flash is ready, flash interval of 1.8s
- Viewfinder: autofocus measuring field and markings for close range, Enlargement 0.5x for 40 mm lens, 1.0x for 80 mm lens equivalent to 85% of field at 3 m.
- Self-timer: 10 seconds, indicated by diode in front of camera
- Battery: 6V lithium battery (2CR5)
- Weight: 345g without batteries
Check out these photos taken with the Leica AF-C1 by our very own community members: