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Konica film SLR camera eye-level finder design Part 2 !



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Because we can’t speak english

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This is the second installment of Konica’s eye-level finder!

This time we will look at the eye-level finder design of this manual focus film SLR camera released in 1976, comparing it to the FS-1 released in 1979, which we introduced in the previous issue.

KONICA ACOM-1  (Reference product)

It is a manual focus film SLR camera with a steel body and black color.
The body is one size smaller than the FS-1.

The base design emphasizes the manufacturer’s logo.

Comparison with FS-1. 
You can see the difference in thickness of each surface.


This is an angle from an angle. 
You can see the design of the front part of the accessory shoe.

Comparison with FS-1.
You can clearly see the difference in the shape of each aspect of the overall design.


View from the side.
You can see the unique side design of ACOM-1.

In FS-1, the angle toward the rear of the top surface is considerably different than in ACOM-1.


Top surface.

The difference between all surfaces can be clearly seen from the top.


This is the back side of the ACOM-1, showing that it is an eye-level finder with a gently curved, almost straight line design.

FS-1 is also basically a straight line, but it has a smooth shape based on curves. 
You can see that the curved surface is emphasized more than ACOM-1.


In this article, we compare the eye-level finder of Konica’s 1976 release ACOM-1 with that of the 1979 FS-1.

The eye-level finder design of the ACOM-1 is unique compared to the FS-1.
Three years after the ACOM-1 release, the FS-1 was introduced, but it seemed to have lost its unique design feeling. 

If I have a chance, I would like to write another column about Konica’s film SLR cameras.

Thank you again for reading my column.

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