I’m not often one for an underdog but this camera happened to draw me in when I first saw it and handled a T3 that my buddy James had gotten and this camera with a lens was just the right price. And while not probably my most favourite camera I’ve used through this series, the lenses are amazing and a system I’ll probably add to if just for the glass to use on a digital camera.
Model: Autoreflex T4
Type: 35mm, Single Lens Reflex
Lens: Interchangable, Konica Bayonet Mount II (AR Mount)
Year Manufactured: 1978
The Hexanon lenses are seriously a sleeper system, butter for focus, and sharp as a tack, I mean really sharp, holy Hannah I was blown away by this glass! While I’m not a fan on the camera, I am a fan of the lenses, and do plan on getting more to adapt and use on my a6000 digital camera. But over all I did enjoy using this camera, well laid out, good meter and fantastic results. Oddly enough the leather cover on the body was nice a smooth and great to handle and makes the camera easy to hold.
There are a few downsides to this camera. The first is more a personal preference is that you only have a shutter priority for the auto-exposure system. I’m more an aperture priority sort of guy and find having to manipulate the shutter speed a bit annoying. Even in manual mode it goes more to the aperture side of things rather than shutter speed. The second issue is cosmetic, the leather that covers the body with age does shrink a bit so it give the camera a bit of a rough look when it’s used. And finally again there’s the battery issue, I’m surprised to see a camera made so late into the 1970s to still use a mercury based battery, but being mechanical once it’s dead the camera will still function even without a working battery.
If you’re a shutter-priority junkie and love an underdog camera the Autoflex T4 is your camera. If you’re a fan of great optics and focus on movie production and shoot film on the side it’s well worth the investment in the camera if you can find one with a kit of lenses because they are like butter, and bloody sharp. In addition to the 50mm that came with the camera I’ve already picked up the 35mm f/2.8 and eyeing the 135mm lens as well! For students I really won’t point them at this camera, but someone who wants something a little different than the average photographer this is a good choice. I mean I’ve only run into two other photographers who shoot the Konica system, my buddy James and Ryan Skelly.
All Photos shot in lovely downtown Findlay, Ohio
Konica Autoreflex T4 – Konica AR Hexanon 50mm F1.7 – Ilford Delta 100 – Ilfosol 3 (1+9) 5:00 @ 20C