Konica Autoreflex TC
Adding a new, old camera to the collection is always exciting! And when you pay 15$ for a little beauty like this one (that your man found for you at a flea market during your very first trip to a new country) it’s even more thrilling. It was exactly what I was looking for, the perfect addition.
Aaron found this beautiful Konica camera on our last day in Philadelphia, and not only is it just the kind of analogue camera missing from my collection (something small and not heavy that can fit into a small bag, but still has all the important functions), it’s also from the same line as my little Konica C35 that my grandfather gave me last year. It’s big brother! The Konica C35 is a wonderful little camera, a point and shoot with no real control, and an automatic blitz function. The Autoreflex TC is very different. It has all the important functions, and offer a lot more than it’s little sister. They are great for different reasons, and suitable for different occasions, but they are both just the rights size and weight to become favourites. You need a camera that is not going to be annoying to carry around the entire day, but still satisfies your needs. I would never opt in for a compact camera, so whenever I size down, I go analogue. I have my wonderful (but huge and heavy) Canon camera, but for days I can’t be bothered carrying it around, these little cameras are absolutely perfect. I really love having different kinds of pictures from my trips, so I always bring (at least) two different cameras with me. One digital, one analogue.
If you love photography, exploring the world of analogue cameras is something you should consider. Digital cameras are wonderful, but with them, the difference between the cameras are mostly visible in the quality of the pictures and the range of functions, which is reflected in the price. But for the analogue cameras, there are so many other elements that come into play. For analogue photography it’s more about the characteristics of the particular camera, and photographers often choose their cameras based on just that. Konica, Holga, Leica, they are all different, and produce pictures with very different expressions.
That’s why it’s almost impossible to choose what cameras to bring on vacation (and why I always end up bringing three different ones). I absolutely love the Konica C35 because it’s so easy to use! No functions, no work, you just point the camera and push the button. But the Konica Autoreflex TC has a wider range of options, and is great for when you want a bit higher quality pictures with a bit more control. I'm meeting my man in Amsterdam soon, and I think that I'm going to bring them both. I can't choose.