Introduced in 1993, the Konica Hexar AF caused a sensation amongst photography enthusiasts. Even today, it still commands its well-deserved status as one of the finest street photography film cameras ever built. Measuring approximate 13.7 x 7.65 x 6.45cm and weighing 495g, the Konica Hexar AF isn't a particularly small camera, but its rangefinder-style size and ergonomics make it a gem to hold and use. The black-finish, pro-level metal-alloy chassis inspire a confidence in the camera's reliability and robustness, while rubberised panels on the front and back of the camera make it easier to grip. The camera offers manual, aperture priority and full program modes, and sports a fixed 35mm moderate wide-angle lens.
But what distinguishes the Konica Hexar from a host of other cameras with similar specifications is the quality of its 35mm lens. Offering a fast, maximum aperture of f/2, it's perfect for reportage-style and available light imagery. That engineering opinion has been largely debunked now, but what remains is the fact that the Konica Hexar sports an amazing lens, one that's beautifully sharp even wide open, and renders out-of-focus elements in a delicate and painterly way. There's more though: the Konica Hexar couples its lens with one of the most sophisiticated AF systems ever implemented in a 35mm camera, an active, two-channel infrared rangefinder system that's incredibly quick and almost impossible to trick, even in low light conditions when manual focusing would be difficult.
The camera's electronics take this amazing accuracy even further, by adjusting the point of focus to account for the focus-shift that occurs when different apertures are used.. On close inspection, one finds a plastic cover that's protected most of the base-plate for the duration of its life, and some light scratches around the outermost edges of the base-plate which haven't been covered. Optically, the lens is mint and free of dirt, dust, scratches or fungus. Everything about the camera continues to work as it should, and it comes with a fresh battery and its original flash unit.
A camera like this isn't for everyone, but it will appeal to rangefinder photographers who are either committed to film or would like to try film. It works well for those who mostly use a 35mm lens, but it also works equally well as a sort of second-body with a fixed wide-angle: a Leica with a 90mm and a Hexar with its 35mm are a strong combination. At any rate, if you think you could benefit from this classic camera, don't hesitate to take this opportunity to seriously invest in your photography today.Any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. The item "RARE Konica Hexar AF cult film camera, with 35mm f2.0 lens + flash" is in sale since Monday, August 12, 2019. This item is in the category "Cameras & Photography\Film Photography\Film Cameras". The seller is "tobiaskitten" and is located in London. This item can be shipped worldwide.