This Commercial Reminds Us of Konica as “The Oldest and the Boldest”

See which of the cameras in this commercial reminds you of Konica as one of the most historic camera brands of its time.

Konica may be no more but their legacy lives on in many of the film cameras still out there, ready for those who know what and where to look. For those unfamiliar with the Japanese camera company, today’s vintage camera commercial brings some introductions to some of its noteworthy models.

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The Konica Mermaid Is an Unexpectedly Rare Underwater Film Camera

Missing a rare underwater camera in your collection of rare goodies? This Konica Mermaid could be a rather unexpected addition!

A vintage or film camera collection may not be complete without a quirky underwater camera. If you feel like adding one to yours, we may have found an interesting choice. The Konica Mermaid has a name that fits the bill, but you probably wouldn’t expect to learn that it’s rare. Well, kind of.

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This Rare Konica Hexanon 60mm is a Fascinating Partner for Leica Thread Mount Cameras

Care for a super rare and fast Konica Hexanon 60mm f/1.2 for your Leica thread mount camera?

If you still have one of those Leica screw mount cameras, our latest ebay find is certainly a very rare glass you might be interested in. This beautiful Konica Hexanon 60mm f/1.2 lens makes a fine pair for L39/LTM mount cameras. But you need to be fast, as this lens doesn’t go on sale very often.

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The Five Greatest M-Mount Film Cameras of All Time

Picture "Leica M3" by Rama via Wikimedia Commons

Picture “Leica M3” by Rama via Wikimedia Commons

Leica M-mount rangefinder film cameras have always held a special place in photo history. For one, because it was Leica who started the 35mm film revolution. Then, because the M3, the first M-mount rangefinder camera that Leica made, started a series of incredibly popular photographic tools used by countless professionals and amateurs alike for decades. And finally, because Leica-made M-mount lenses can be considered to be some of, if not the best lenses there are for 35mm film cameras. In this article, we take a look at what we deem the five greatest M-mount film cameras that were ever made. Not necessarily all by Leica, though.

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Konica Minolta is Rumored to Be Developing Micro Four Thirds Lenses

Konica Minolta 8-17mm Micro Four Thirds Lens PatentKonica Minolta is a brand name that hasn’t been heard of for a while–not in the world of photography, at least. After some more or less successful digital cameras such as the A2 and the X31, the company vanished from the photographic market and retreated to the print market. (Sound familiar?) Well, thanks to the patent spotters over at Egami, we now have signs that the company may actually be coming back to the world of photography.

It seems that technicians over at Konica Minolta are currently developing various lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system, one of them being an 8-17mm f2.8 wide-angle (see picture above). If that should turn out to be true, then the company would head straight back to its olden days of glory. Both Konica and Minolta (when they were still two seperate brands) were known for their cameras and lenses, such as the Konica Hexar AF, the Minolta CLE and their respective series of M-mount lenses. Konica and Minolta products from the 70ies through the 90ies are sought-after items by collectors and enthusiats alike.

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