Sunday, November 17, 2013

My new girl Koni

Koni-Omega Rapid Omega 200 Super Omegon 90mm f3.8 Kodak Tri-X Arista 76 1:1 - A shot from the first roll through my recently acquired Koni-Omega Rapid Omega 200. A Koni-Omega has been on my camera "must have" list for some time and I finally got an opportunity to buy one for a great price (Thanks Jeremy!). The Koni-Omega line of medium format rangefinder cameras are have a 6x7 frame size rendering 10 exposures on a roll of 120 film. They have a unique single stroke "pull and push" film advance mechanism built into the interchangeable film backs, that is both quick and positive. Film advance and shuttle cocking are coupled to prevent double exposure and inserting the dark slide locks the shutter release. One oddity is the film advance does not require the shutter being fired to advance again, so it is easy to skip frames if you are not paying attention. The Super Omegon 90mm f3.5 lens has impressive sharpness as illustrated in the image above. I also have a wide angle  Wide Omegon 58mm f5.6, I have yet to test.

Technical Specifications
  • Negative size 2 1/4 x 2 3/4" (10 pictures on standard rollfilm 120)
  • Rangefinder Camera with automatic parallax correction
  • Interchangeable lenses 58mm f5.6 with optical finder,  90 mm f3.5, 135 mm f3.5, 180 mm f4.5, all with integrated leaf shutter B, 1-1/500 s, synchronisation M/X, built-in retractable lenshood
  • Film magazines 120 and 220 with preloading roll film holders 
  • Rapid advance lever for film advance and shutter
 Images scanned with an Epson V500 using Epson's OEM Software

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