Dad's Konica Auto S2
After some really frustrating experiences this summer, it's nice to have a completely positive experience to share.
My dad was the family photographer, and I've got lots of memories of being forced to hold still while he shot me with his Canon AE-1.
Anyway, a while ago he showed me this picture of him shooting with his beloved Konica Auto S2, which he purchased new at Yokota AFB in 1965. This picture was taken at an Alfa Romeo dealership in 1979. He shot with the Konica until getting the Canon AE-1 in ~1981.
My dad is fairly bemused at my classic camera collection. He mentioned that he wouldn't mind shooting with a Konica again, and I acquired two as-is specimens from eBay for the princely sum of $12.99.
I sent to two cameras to Greg Weber in Nebraska (http://www.webercamera.com/home.html), hoping that he'd be able to restore one of them. Greg was great -- his work is excellent, he was quick, and he came in under budget. I recommend him without reservation or hesitation! The restoration job is magnificent, and Greg also recalibrated the meter for an alkaline battery.
I was happy to give the restored Konica to my dad tonight as a surprise gift. His face lit up when I handed it to him along with a four-pack of Fuji Superia 400. He was really surprised by the heft of the Konica -- it's one dense camera. I don't know whether he'll actually use it, but it was a fun little project and I know he loved the sense memory of holding it again.
My next project -- finding and restoring an Ansco Memar, which was his first camera.
Last edited by dpn; 09-05-2015 at 11:12 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Thumbs up on that! Nice story.
I have a good memory of my dad's camera that started my journey in photography almost 40 years ago.
Thanks Frank. BTW, I love your website. Your "People" section is amazing.
Thanks for your kind words, Daniel.
Dad's Konica Auto S2
My dad had a wonderful Minolta RF kit he used in the 60's, he even won a photography competition with a cheesy shot of a kissing couple silhouetted against a sunset. I admired the kit a few times in my childhood when we came across it in a closet from time to time or in a storage box in the attic. But dad never pulled it out once when I was growing up. We mostly used my mom's 126 Kodak Instamatic. Later when I got serious in my photography we looked for his old Minolta kit but it was no where to be found. We think we might have sold it at a garage sale or something, no one remembers. Fast forward to a few years ago (I'm 52 now, dad is 76) and he's always been an avid admirer of my B&W work but never got back into photography himself. I bought him for Father's Day a fixed lens Minolta RF from the same era as his earlier camera and presented it to him with a few rolls of Tri-X. He was thrilled. Unfortunately in the three or so years since he's only shot about half the first roll!
Last edited by Richard S. (rich815); 09-06-2015 at 12:39 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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I have a similar story, with a twist. When I was growing up, my father longed to own a Retina IIIc. But with a growing family, and a mortgage, and all the normal responsibilities of a young father, he could never justify one.
So in the early 2000s, when eBay really became great for used cameras, I found a IIIc and bought it for him as a gift.
He is in his mid 90s now, and can't see well enough to use the IIIc, so he gave it back to me, and I'm using it now.
This was shot with it:
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
Wonderful stories, and very nice work with the Retina IIIc!