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.

CCR - Review 17 - Konica Autoreflex T4

The Dirt
Make: Konica
Model: Autoreflex T4
Type: 35mm, Single Lens Reflex
Lens: Interchangable, Konica Bayonet Mount II (AR Mount)
Year Manufactured: 1978

CCR - Review 17 - Konica Autoreflex T4

CCR - Review 17 - Konica Autoreflex T4

The Good
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.

CCR - Review 17 - Konica Autoreflex T4

CCR - Review 17 - Konica Autoreflex T4

The Bad
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.

CCR - Review 17 - Konica Autoreflex T4

CCR - Review 17 - Konica Autoreflex T4

The Lowdown
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

4 Comments

  1. Thanks for your review it was excellent. I have a lot of cameras but this is still one of my all time favorites. The size is just right and I find the Shutter Priority easy to use once you get use to it. My copy was just like new when I got it a few years ago. The camera had been CLA’d and the battery converted to 1,5v by Weber Camera. I gave it a nice new Red Leather covering from Camera Leather.

  2. I have one of these on the way now along with the 40mm f1.8 Pancake lens which I have heard is also very sharp. I also have an Autoreflex TC, FP-1, FS-1 and TC-X with only one 50mm f1.7 lens. I did recently buy a Konica Auto S3 too and was very impressed by how sharp the photos were from that, though it is another mercury battery powered camera.

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