Konica S

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The Konica S is a 35 mm coupled rangefinder camera, introduced by Konishiroku in 1959.[1] It was the company's first camera with a coupled light meter. This model is the successor to the Konica IIIA and IIIM, and is a completely redesigned camera. The shape and feel of the camera is modernized in a manner much like the Leica M-bayonet models were, compared to the Leica screwmount (LTM) cameras that were being withdrawn at about the same time.

The coupling of the meter in the Konica S does not provide auto exposure, but match-needle metering via a readout on the top of the camera. Metering is done with a selenium cell mounted in the front of the camera, so no battery power is required (older selenium cells often lose accuracy or expire).

The Konica S was offered in three variants fitted with different fixed lenses, all in Copal SV leaf shutters (B, 1 second to 1/500):

  • Hexar 45mm f/2.8 lens (4-element).
  • Hexanon 48mm f/2 lens (similar to the superb lens offered on IIA, III and IIIA models).
  • Hexanon 48mm f/1.8 lens (1960)

The body is covered with an unusual "grippy" gray plastic.

The viewfinder of this model in all variants carries on the tradition of excellence established in the Konica IIIA and IIIM models. It is large and bright, featuring automatic parallax error and field size correction, as was originally introduced in the IIIA.


  1. McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). p543.