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  1. cepwin

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    My folks just gave me their old Konica AutoFlex T that had been sitting gathering dust in my Brother's house (literally...I need to clean the case and everything up.) When I saw it I immediately recognized the camera strap they had put on it years ago. Anyway, they also had a flash (cold shoe), telephoto lens (looks like 8-80 ft.) , telconverter, filters, etc. I even found there is a roll of film in there...we'll see when I finish it...there are about six pictures left. Fortunately all the manuals were also there. I also have to find out what kind of batteries I can use since what I saw it had originally used mercury batteries.
    This will be an interesting thing to try out..
     
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    Mercury batteries.
    But you could use Weincell batteries: MRB675.

    Go check out this chart:
    http://www.weincell.com/weinchart.htm

    Or maybe alkaline batteries, although an adjustment with the ASA dial would be worth done by 1 or 2 stops, taking into account it takes 2 batteries to get the lightmeter on. In that very case, I wish someone more knowledgeable tell us about it.
     
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    ordered them on amazon! tnx!
     
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    I am not sure if my sample is typical but the amount of pressure needed to fire the shutter is well beyond any other body in my toolbox. Can you confirm if this is true?
     
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    I noticed this with one I tried, pity since the Hexanon lenses were up there with the best.
     
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    I didn't notice that but I only tried one shot. Just spoke with my Dad and he did get a chuckle when I told him there is still film in there. Not sure if it's his film or my Bros...we'll see. I'm almost certain it's color as my Dad never bought B/W when he was using it (or for any of his cameras once color film became readily available (there was some B/W when I was an baby/toddler but not much later.)
     
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    I don't particularly mind that the shutter requires a very long travel and takes quite a bit of pressure to release - possibly exacerbating camera shake, as much as I just want to know that is by design as opposed to my having a poor sample. I just happened to notice this while exercising all the shutter speeds manually to make sure they are all accurate and this was obvious compared to a Minolta XD-11 and SR-1 that I was also testing. From what I have read, the Auto-Reflex is known for this and subsequent models have smoother shutters shorter throw. Interestingly enough, the 1968 Autoreflex T is my oldest camera with mirror lock-up function with self timer which should help the camera shake concern.

    BTW, externally the Autoreflex T & T2 are both labeled Autoreflex T and you will have to confirm the differences between the two at Konica Autoreflex T / T2 Differences
     
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    I have owned an Autoreflex T and never noticed a problem with the shutter release. If you want to keep it you may want to contact Greg Weber for a cla. He is an expert on all things Konica. He will also adjust the meter so it will take regular 1.5 silver oxide batteries.
    Webercamera.com.
     
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    Les, Thanks for the link...it's clearly the T2 based on their description. I too am glad for the tip about Greg Weber..thanks Chris! Depending on the state of camera once I open it up it might need a CLA as well.
     
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    Nice to know.
    I have two Konicas (T3n and FT-1).
    Thanx!
     
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    Thanks for the recommendation of a Konica specialist as I have bookmarked his page for possible future use.
     
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    The T/T2/A/A2/A1000/T3/A3/T3N bodies do not need a Wein Cell. A set of 675 Zinc-Air hearing aid batteries will work with any of these cameras. The later TC and T4 models take two PX-13s. If Greg Weber adapts the camera for 1.5 volts then you can use two 625A batteries. Otherwise you can use two Wein Cells or get two MR-9 adapters and use MS-76 or 386 batteries. Each MR-9 adapter now costs more than $30 but the MS-76 or 386 batteries last a lot longer than the regular or Wein Cell Zinc-Air batteries. The T and A series cameras do have a longer shutter button travel and require more pressure. This is normal for those models. The T3/A3/T3N cameras require more effort to advance the film but have much shorter and lighter shutter button travel. The only downside is that when this change was made, some Konica mount lenses (not made by Konica) will not work properly. The spring for the aperture machanism may be too stiff and when the film is advanced and the advance lever comes part of the way back to its resting position, the shutter will fire again. A properly serviced T2 will work with any Kionica mount lens (with the possible exception of some Tamron Adaptall and Adaptall II lenses) and will work well for a long time.
     
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    My mistake. I did use the Weincell chart for some bodies like Pentax Spotmatic f, without a problem. So I assumed it was the same with Konicas.
     
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    That's good to know. I ordered the 675's from wein but now I know I can use the hearing aid batteries in the future.