The Konica Hexar AF has many talents, most of them hidden Now, before people go and get their knickers in a twist, I do sell all of the cameras. The Hexar AF has to be hands down one of the best made 35mm film AF focusing for Infrared films — adjustable for Kodak or Konica IR films. I have now sold my Konica Hexar AF, but to be honest, I regret it somehow. Although I enjoy my new Leica M very much, the Hexar AF is just.

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Aaf Konica Hexar is a 35 mm fixed- lensfixed focal length autofocus camera which was produced through the s. It was introduced to ehxar market in While styled like a rangefinder cameraand intended for a similar style of photography, in specification it is more like a larger “point and shoot” camera.

The Konica Hexar enjoys something of a “cult status” among film camera aficionados because of the quality of its lens, rangefinder -style ergonomics and interesting and useful operating modes notably its “silent mode”. The camera is fitted with a 35mm fixed- focal length lens with autofocus and with a large maximum aperture of f2.

The lens accepts lens filters of 46mm diameter however, camera settings must be manually adjusted to compensate for any reduction in light transmission caused by the filter. A metal pull-out lens hood surrounds the lens. The lens on the Hexar is considered to be of high quality for this type of camera and is often compared with other high-quality lenses such as those from Leica.

It is often stated that the lens is a copy of the Leica Summicron 35mm f2 lens, although this does not appear to be the case. The source of this statement may be a pair of articles by Dante Stella [2] [3] where he states that photos taken with the Hexar have a hexxr “look” to those taken with a heaxr Summicron, but notes that the lens seems more similar to a Nikon 35mm f1.

The viewfinder uses projected parallax -corrected brightline framelines which shows the field of view to be captured when a photograph is taken. The centre of the viewfinder shows the point at which autofocus will be attempted, and a lamp in the viewfinder indicates when focus has been achieved.

The viewfinder is located on the far upper left-hand side of the camera when seen from the rear in a position similar to that traditionally used for rangefinder cameras. The Hexar is similar in form to a Leica M mount camera with equivalent lens and handgrip fitted. Construction is of cast- aluminiumfinished in flat black or silver later modelwith a raised plastic hand-grip. The camera has a hinged, swing-open, camera hexra with cut-out view window to show details of the film loaded in the camera.


Film loading, advance and rewind is motorised and automatic. A button to manually trigger film rewind is also provided. Film is automatically advanced to the next frame and the shutter cocked after each shutter activation. When the end of a film is reached or the manual rewind button pressedthe film is wound back into the film canister, with a brief pause to allow the film to be removed “leader out” if desired. One notable feature of the Konica Hexar is its “silent mode”, which can be selected by a button on the camera top plate, when powering up.

This enables a slower, but much quieter, film advance, shutter cocking and autofocus.

In normal operation the Hexar is very quiet. It is nearly inaudible at any distance from the camera in “silent” mode [1] Leica rangefinder camerasreputed to be very quiet, are not as quiet as the Hexar when in “silent mode”. In Hexar Silver models, “silent mode” was disabled at the factory, apparently due to a dispute over intellectual property.

Note that this ” firmware change” is not without risk and all steps must be completed exactly correctly.

Camera: Konica Hexar AF · Lomography

The camera uses kpnica electromagnetic stepper motor shutter. There is no provision for non-electronic shutter release; charged batteries are always required for shutter operation.

Focus can be set with an active- hedar autofocus or by manual adjustment. In autofocus mode, a central indicator in the viewfinder shows the point the camera will attempt to focus on and a lamp in the viewfinder indicates that focus has been achieved when the shutter release is half pressed.

Focus remains locked until the shutter release is pressed fully or the button released. Manual focus is initiated by a button on the top plate of the camera.

A single button can be pressed to lock focus at infinity. Light is metered through a sensor on the front of the camera body rather than using TTL metering or a sensor inside the filter ring. This means that manual camera settings ISO value or exposure compensation must be used to account for light reduction due to any filter fitted.

A self-timer button, also on the camera’s top plate, can be used to trigger an exposure with a time delay of approximately 10 seconds cancelable. The camera has a flash hot-shoe, and was often sold with a dedicated Konica Hx flash unit. Automatic flash exposure is available when used with this HX unit, in variable-aperture automatic mode when set to [P]rogram mode useful for fill-flashfixed-aperture automatic flash mode when set to [A] or [M] modes or manual mode when the flash is set to “P-full”.

Konica Hexar

Manual flash is possible with other flash units, including non-Konica units. Later-production examples of the Hexar supported four features not available in earlier units: For a time, Konica offered an upgrade to retrofit these features to earlier-model cameras.


As with “silent mode” enablement, this ” firmware change” is not without risk and all steps must be completed exactly correctly.

The Konica Hexar was sold either “body only” or as a set with HX flash unit.

5 Frames with a Konica Hexar AF – By James Nguyen

Earlier models were black and came in a “standard” model or a model supporting an autodate film back. Later-production samples of this unit supported additional features, as noted above. A Hexar Rhodium finish metallic pinkish in color was available as an alternative to the more standard black finish. A similar model was also av as Hexar Titanium in other markets.

In the Hexar Silver replaced earlier models, finished in a silver color and with “silent mode” disabled at the factory, apparently due to a dispute over intellectual property. These models can have silent mode re-enabled through a somewhat arcane set of “programming” steps that can be readily koniac through internet searches. Konica later released a rangefinder camera, the Hexar RF konicz, with some perhaps superficial similarities to the Hexar camera.

They also released a Leica thread mount lens in 35mm focal length the UC Hexanon 35mm f2 in so-called L mount that is said to be a design descendant of Hexar camera’s 35mm f2 lens.

Konica and Minolta merged to form Konica Minolta in It is not known whether Sony acquired konixa photographic assets such as film camera designs or whether those are retained by Konica Minolta. Whatever the case, none of the involved companies has expressed any interest in renewed production of film cameras or digital cameras based on such designs.

Konica Minolta has since announced [7] “Konica Minolta ceased the entire customer services for Konica Minolta cameras and related products, as of 31 December From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article hsxar about the auto-focus camera. For the similarly named manual-focus camera, see Konica Hexar RF. This article needs additional citations for verification.

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