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REVIEW: Konica TC-X



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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2014-06-03

Konica TC-X

Made between
1985 to 1987 and was the last SLR model under the Konica brand.
It was however made by Cosina and not Konica themselves.
Also one of the first SLR made that have a body and frame completely made of plastic.

Technical info

Lens mount: Konica AR
Shutter: 1/1000s to 1/8s + B
Light meter: Through the lens, center weighted (ISO 50 - 1600) (Support DX coded film)
Battery: One 1.5v AAA (some ver uses one 1.5v AA)
Flash: Hot shoe (sync 1/60 sec)
Weight: 380g (without battery)

Self-timer

Takes standard 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.

Operating
Konica TC-X


Viewfinder:

Good size and brightness.

Info:
Left side has the light meter info and shows apertures from f/1.4 to f/22.
A needle shows which will be used in auto.
Or which aperture is recommended in manual.

Focus aid:
Split screen and Microprism


Shutter type:

Focal plane
Vertical metal blade.

All mechanical.


Build quality:

Body is all plastic except for the lens mount and the tripod socket which are metal.

Look, feel and sound:
I find it a bit dull looking.
It feels however very cheap and toy like.
Shutter and mirror sounds are a little bit to the noisy side but nothing to bad.








Usability:

It is a simple and easy to use camera.
Lacks some of the longer shutter speeds but a person that mostly uses the camera handheld will probably not miss that.

It support Konica's auto aperture lenses.
You can lock the light meter on a value by half pressing the shutter button.
This makes it very fast and easy to use.

The camera feels good in your hands and buttons and levers are well placed.


Conclusion:


If you're looking for a very light and small Konica camera.
Don't mind a very cheap and toy like feel, then this might be something for you.

It got the basic things one might need except for longer shutter speeds.
And it is the lightest SLR I have tested so far with its 380g.
Using this with the Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8 makes a total weight of 525g which is lighter than many SLR's without a lens.

These cameras are also often dirt cheap today.



Thumbs up:
Very lightweight
Light meter can be locked in the auto aperture
Often very cheap
Viewfinder

Thumbs down:

Very plasticky and toy like
Build quality




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