The Thing (Konicazilla)

Look ma, it’s a mirrorless camera!

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I picked up this Konica Autoreflex TC for a mere $5 due to its broken mirror. That wasnt a problem because I only wanted it for the lens which was also damaged. The Lens was twisted such that it couldn’t be focused. After repairing the lens I figured why stop at that, so I removed the broken mirror and its mechanisms, the metering and prism. Not wanting to leave a gaping hole (not sure but that might let light in) I cut and shaped pieces of plastic and rebuilt the top plate to be flat across the top like a rangefinder. only now the camera has absolutely no viewfinder. Luckily I had a broken Konica X15 flash that I cut and shaped into a case for a viewfinder. and as you might guess I had previously taken a viewfinder from a broken point and shoot. I really see little point of a how-to because it’s a matter of taking whatever you have on hand and adapting it to a new purpose. I will say though you can accomplish quite a bit with patience and little files.

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This is all possible because the cameras is completely mechanical and doesn’t require any battery power or metering to operate.

To recap I’ve gone from an SLR with a viewfinder and metering to a….scale focus….thing….with an external viewfinder….thing. Now I’ll run a roll of film through it and see if it works.

6 thoughts on “The Thing (Konicazilla)

  1. daveh

    can you modify the new mx-1 the same way, cause they ain’t no hot shoe on that one is they ? ( if not, i’ll put my order in for one of these ) dave

  2. Wallace Post author

    I will consider the MX1 to replace my P7000 if it performs well. I don’t use external flash on any of my point and shoots even though some of them can.

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