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    Finally bought an Omega

    Well after 6 months of debating whether to buy one, I took the plunge and traded my Mamiya 645 1000S for a near mint Koni Rapid Omega 200. I've been wanting to try out a medium format rangefinder and so far I'm really liking it, it's so much easier to haul around than my RB67. I was kind of surprised to find the KE-58 military contract ID plate on it as well, even though it took a bit of googling to figure that one out. Ran a roll of Arista 100 hrough it today which is currently drying, no light leaks, and good frame spacing. This evening when the negs are dry I'll get to see just how sharp that 90mm Omegon is.

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    Great camera. Dollars to doughnuts the rangefinder is out of calibration. So don't judge by first roll. The rangefinder calibration is pretty straightforward, but very tedious and very sensitive to microscopic-size adjustment. If you decide to take it on yourself, go for the close end accuracy, and if the infinity has to fall where it may, then so well. The adjustments are THAT tiny. Very tedious. But in the end you're not likely to ever have a better camera.

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    Just checked that roll out I had shots anywhere from infinity focus down to 5 feet and all look to be perfectly in focus, even the closer ones shot wide open. I bought the camera from a reputable dealer who claimed to have checked everything out and film tested the camera, and it seems they came through.
    Nikon F, Nikkor-S 35mm F=2.8, Nikkor-S 50mm F=1.4

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    Well, there you go. You lucked out. Now enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom1956 View Post
    Well, there you go. You lucked out. Now enjoy.
    Oh I definately will, this one is going in the permanent collection.
    Nikon F, Nikkor-S 35mm F=2.8, Nikkor-S 50mm F=1.4

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    I've got a 100 series and really like it, may sell my hassy stuff

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    I really appreciated the results that I was able to get with the Koni-Omegas I had - especially the 58mm lens.

    I sold them though - they were really not suited to use by someone like me who is extremely left handed.

    I used to know a wedding and studio photographer who switched to "small" cameras for his wedding work - Koni-Omegas and a Mamiya RB67.

    Prior to the switch, he used a view camera, and a Speed Graphic!

    Enjoy your camera.
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    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Good Morning, Kyle,

    Congratulations on finding a camera that's fun to use and gives high-quality results. Apparently you hit the jackpot by finding a Koni with a back which spaces without problems. In a way, it's a bit of a shame that the Koni's are being sought out; prices now seem to be generally higher than they were several years ago, but they're still a bargain if you find one in good condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle M. View Post
    Well after 6 months of debating whether to buy one, I took the plunge and traded my Mamiya 645 1000S for a near mint Koni Rapid Omega 200. I've been wanting to try out a medium format rangefinder and so far I'm really liking it, it's so much easier to haul around than my RB67. I was kind of surprised to find the KE-58 military contract ID plate on it as well, even though it took a bit of googling to figure that one out. Ran a roll of Arista 100 hrough it today which is currently drying, no light leaks, and good frame spacing. This evening when the negs are dry I'll get to see just how sharp that 90mm Omegon is.
    I not sure but think the Air Force was the only branch to use the Koni Omegas. I have used the Koni Omega a few times and really liked the way it handles, I now a Mamiya Univeral, great lens, but the shutter must be cocked, just slower. The Konica Omega backs will also fit the Koni Omega Flex, a twin lens camera, but not a true reflex.

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    i have recently got one too, Rapid M with 90mm and am so amazed by it. i am professional photographer and m shooting MF and LF last 27 years, but because i was born and lived 30 years in Europe i never "meet" Koni-Omegas or Graflex until i moved to Canada. i was amazed how well that camera s made, tight and strong, but simple and easy to maintain and adjust. on top of that optical performance is fantastic. also this is by far faster MF that i ever used. commands are well placed its intuitive and real fun to use. i still dont understand why is it so unpopular? i got mine in really good condition for 70$ in a same place that was selling Yashika for 450$!?
    i have Hasselblad with several lenses that am using as my "small" camera and initially I got this KO as a present for my father in law but for sure am planing to get another one and keep it as duty RF
    just my 2c

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