Konica Hexar Rf is a highly appreciated 35mm rangefider produced by Konica between 1999 and 2003. Sharing some similarities with other cameras such as Leica or Contax, Konica Hexar Rf is an highly controversial camera, as you’ll find from below.
Konica Hexar Rf Mount
Konica “designed” for Hexar Rf the Bayonet Konika Km mount, which is fancy name for a Leica M mount with slight differences. Some say you can mount and focus Leica M lenses on Hexar Rf, and some say there there are limitations. I never tried , so i can’t make an opinion.
All the controls and dials are well placed, and feels great. This is it.
Well, when you take your firt look thru the viewfinder, it makes a strong good impression. The image is bright and all those led information on the left looks great at first. The problems begin when you start shooting. Unlike Contax G2‘s viewfinder, this one is a real pain. The image you see, is something like a 20mm wide angle lens, parallax corrected by frame lines which it gets smaller or larger as you change lenses or focus. So, if you’re not using a wide angle lens, you have to always remember that only a small part of the image you see thru the viewfinder is the final image you get.
Composing the image takes longer than usual, because this is one thing you have to deal with first. Contax G2 for example has a electronic adjusted viewfinder, so what you see is what you get. This aspect saves a lot of time, and the workflow is more fluid. The exposure information in the viewfinder are visible only in normal light conditions, and difficult to see in a bright sunny day.
I find the lenses to be sharp enough. The glass quality is not on pair with the Leica ones, but it still performs pretty well. Focusing is nice and fluid, the aperture ring works great as well. Below is a sample image shoot wide open with Hexar 50mm f2.0 , and Kodak Ultramax 400 film.
In manual mode you can set Konica Rf form 1 sec to 1/4000, and bulb. There is an +/-2 exposure compensation dial as well, aperture priority mode, and Ae lock mode. I chose to overexpose 1 stop, as the snow tricks the built in light meter, resulting slightly underexposed pictures with normal settings.
Konica Hexar Rf Batteries
2 x Cr2 Lithium Batteries
Film loading and advancing
Konica Hexar Rf has a built in motor drive, so film advancing after each shot is automatic. Unlike other rangefiders such as Leica’s ,were you need to manual cock the shutter and advance the film, Konica Hexar Rf has a slight advantage. This means you can shoot faster – well as fast as you can with a manual focus rangefinder.
When loading the film, you have to make sure is properly loaded, by checking the top LCD is showing frame no 1.
Price range and value for money
In 2018 , you can buy this Konica Hexar Rf from 800 to 1200 dollars, which is pretty high, for a Leica wanna be camera. If i had to choose i’d go for Contax G2, which is far more advanced and faster camera.
Konica Hexar Rf Sample Images
Kodak Ultramax 400
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