I bought this from a charity shop for £3.99. Looking at Ebay they can sell for up to about £20, but £10 is a more reasonable estimate of value. This is quite a classic camera and one of my favourites.

About

Konica Pop
Konica Pop

This is a lovely little film compact made from 1982 to around 1988. Mine dates pre-1985 as it has ‘Hexanon’ marked on the lens which later models do not. The name Pop is is reference to the pop up flash.

The lens is clear and sharp producing lovely images, and with a bit of work you can achieve a pretty wide and controlled range of exposure.

Exposure

The Pop has a fixed shutter speed (1/125s), and an adjustable aperture (functioning as a film speed selector). It has a Cadmium Sulphide meter which shows a red indicator if there is insufficient light.

The Aperture settings are interesting. The ISO 100 setting of f/8 provides for picture taking at EV13 (Cloudy bright with no shadows) – certainly my experiments have upheld this.  The other settings provide a reasonable amount of option for managing exposure, if used a bit creatively:

Show Exposure Table

Film Speed ISO Setting Effective Aperture EV (Conditions) Notes
50 100/Flash f/4 12 (Open Shade, Heavy Overcast)  1,2
200/Flash f/5.6 13 (Cloudy bright)
100 f/8 14 (Weak hazy sun)
200 f/11 15 (Bright sun)
400 f/16 16 (Daylight in sand or snow)
100 100/Flash f/4 11 (Sunset, Deep shade)
200/Flash f/5.6 12 (Open Shade, Heavy Overcast)
100 f/8 13 (Cloudy bright)
200 f/11 14 (Weak hazy sun)
400 f/16 15 (Bright sun)
200 100/Flash f/4 10 (Landscapes immediately after sunset) 3
200/Flash f/5.6 11 (Sunset, Deep shade)
100 f/8 12 (Open shade, Heavy overcast)
200 f/11 13 (Cloudy bright)
400 f/16 14 (Weak hazy sun)
400 100/Flash f/4 9 (10min after sunset, Spotlit subjects) 3, 8
200/Flash f/5.6 10 (Landscapes immediately after sunset) 4
100 f/8 11 (Sunset, Deep shade)
200 f/11   12 (Open shade, Heavy overcast)
400 f/16 13 (Cloudy bright)
800 100/Flash f/4 8 (Bright city squares, Bright interiors) 4
200/Flash f/5.6 9 (10min after sunset, Spotlit subjects) 5, 8
100 f/8 10 (Landscapes immediately after sunset)
200 f/11 11 (Sunset, Deep shade)
400 f/16 12 (Open shade, Heavy overcast)
1600 100/Flash f/4 7 (Bright night time streets, Stage shows) 5, 8
200/Flash f/5.6 8 (Bright city squares, Bright interiors) 6
100 f/8 9 (10min after sunset, Spotlit subjects)
200 f/11 10 (Landscapes immediately after sunset)
400 f/16 11 (Sunset, Deep shade)
3200 100/Flash f/4 6  (Bright home interior, Fairgrounds) 6, 9
200/Flash f/5.6 7 (Bright night time streets, Stage shows) 7, 8
100 f/8 8 (Bright city squares, Bright interiors)
200 f/11 9 (10min after sunset, Spotlit subjects)
400 f/16 10 (Landscapes immediately after sunset)
6400 100/Flash f/4 5 (Churches, Subjects lit by bonfires) 10
200/Flash f/5.6 6  (Bright home interior, Fairgrounds)
100 f/8 7 (Bright night time streets, Stage shows)
200 f/11 8 (Bright city squares, Bright interiors)
400 f/16 9 (10min after sunset, Spotlit subjects)
Notes
1 I have not provided data for 400/Flash settings as this aperture (f/8) is provided via other means (the ISO 100 setting). You can use the rows for this setting to asses background exposure at ISO 400 with flash as correct for EV 11 (Deep Shade). Similarly I have not provided data for the close-up flash settings.
2 The EV settings are correct for background subjects (i.e. out of flash range). If using the flash, foreground subjects will only be exposed correctly if the ISO setting on the Pop is correct for the film used, other than where the film speed used is lower than the film speed set on the camera, where the flash should have minimal effect. In all other cases the flash will over expose the foreground subject
3 Use caution with foreground subjects, these would be 1 stop over exposed
4 Use extreme caution with foreground subjects, these would be 2 stops over exposed.
5 Do not use with foreground subjects, these would be 3 stops over exposed!
6 Do not use with foreground subjects, these would be 4 stops over exposed!!
7 Do not use with foreground subjects, these would be 5 stops over exposed!!!
8 Flash is likely to be banned/inappropriate in some of these settings (i.e. Spotlighted Subjects, stage shows)
9 ISO 1600 Push One may be used for colour films at this speed.
10 ISO 3200 Push One may be used here.

The 36mm lens is of course a classic street photography focal length, as it is wide enough for environmental portrait shots. In fact it is a useful one to remember, because the horizontal view of the frame equals the distance to subject. And from 10 feet away, you can shoot a street shot with room for 6’8″ of person vertically, walking in a 10 foot space.

Vital Statistics:

Shutter: Behind the lens leaf shutter, fixed speed at 1/125s.
Lens: 36mm Hexanon. 4 elements in 4 groups. Fixed focus at a focal point of 9.2ft (2.8m). Camera to subject distance 5ft (1.5m) to infinity*.
Aperture: Automatically switched – f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16. At ISO 100 – f/8 ordinary mode, f/4 flash mode, f/8 flash close up mode. At ISO 200 – f/11 ordinary mode, f/5.6 flash mode, f/11 flash close up mode. At ISO 400 – f/16 ordinary mode, f/8 flash mode, f/16 flash close up mode.
Film Speed: Set using Aperture – ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400.
Viewfinder: Brightline viwfinder with parallax compensation marks (5ft, 1.5m) 0.46x magnification. Low light indicator in viewfinder.
Flash: Pop-up Electronic Flash, camera to subject distance 6.6-16ft (2-5m). Close distance compensation distance button for 5ft (1.5m). GN 14m at ISO 100**. Recycle time 7m (alkaline batteries), 250 flashes from battery.
Power: 2x AA 1.5v Batteries.
Film Wind: Top Lever one action (132°).
Film Rewind: Crank Handle.

* This is of course a gross simplification. Using a standard Circle of Confusion  for 35mm film (o.03mm) at f/4 (the widest aperture) this extends from 7.32 ft to 12.4ft. To get 4.54ft to infinity assumes the lens stopped down to f/16. This said, using the wider apertures requires the flash so the expectation would be that the subject would be closer, and hence within acceptable sharpness. Alternatively the manufacturer could be assuming a larger acceptable CoC.
**This guide number suggests an optimum flash distance of 10 ft (3 m). 

Konica Pop Manual

 

7 comments

  1. Many Thanx Christian.

    …but it surge a question, if I use it with a 400roll, and the 400setting, and i normally use it (just poppingup the flash when in need)? No?
    Thanx again

  2. Hey, I just bought a black Auto Date model from a charity shop and your page is really useful for working out what the different aperture options are. Unfortunately the flash on mine no longer works (the batteries are fine and the red light comes on in low light, so I’m guessing a failed internal connection or component).

    Anyway, the answer to the filter size question is simple as it’s written on the inside of the lens cap. It’s 43mm. Now if anyone knows the likely cause of the flash failure, I’d love to hear from you!

    Many thanks

    Tim

    1. D’oh! I can’t beleive I didn’t think of looking there -I am normally far more on the ball! Thanks for the info.

      Does sound like a failed connection. Unless the tube is visibly burned out or smashed. If the metering light is coming on it is probably just a wire inside; I assume it will just be a simple connection whereby the shutter shorts out a capacitor to fire the flash. If you dared take it apart it may be easy to sort out, depending on how much of the mechanism needs dismantling to get to it!

      Anyway, glad you have found the info useful!

    2. Hi! I have the same problem. I bought my camera at the city market. The flash used to work fine, but when I changed film it stopped working. ;( Very sad. Really like this camera

    3. One other issue could be the contacts in the battery compartment getting corroded. For some reason all my Konica’s from this era seem really prone to batter leaking. Bicarbonate of Soda paste…

  3. Hi, what a great source for information about the fantastic Konica Pop. Thanks!

    My question is about using a filter. Have you tried it? There seems to be a filter thread on the lens, but I’m not sure what size the filter needs to be.

    All the best // Staffan

    1. I actually hadn’t paid it much thought. It is smaller than 49mm, the smallest I have to test directly. When I get a moment I will measure it properly.

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