Konica Auto S2 Mansonia

Konica Auto S2 Mansonia

Konica Auto S2 Mansonia

Konica Auto S2 Mansonia

Konica Auto S2 Mansonia

When it was released back in 1965, the Auto S2 was billed as a “$110 lens complete with a few free components”, and this camera really is all about the optics. The fast Hexanon lens is superbly sharp with great contrast and detail. But that’s not to say the rest of the camera was an after thought. The functions are easy to operate with a reassuringly solid design, it’s slightly smaller than the QL17, and slightly larger than our Hi-Matics.

The aperture settings are infinitely adjustable from f1.8 to f16. The focussing handle and the impressively clear and bright viewfinder makes it quick and easy to achieve sharp focus even in low light conditions. The parallax correction is the most accurate of all of our cameras as the frame lines don’t just move but also contract to match the narrowing of picture angle as the distance between lens and film is increased; “a shifting, expanding/contracting outline that perfectly frames your subject as you focus through its precision rangefinder.”

The ratchet noise made by the cocking lever is the loudest part of an otherwise quiet operation, but is as reassuring as it is satisfying. The reading from the light meter is visible from the top of the body as well as inside the viewfinder. It’s not as elegant as the Canonets, but it looks and feels like the most professional package.
It was also launched as a “professional camera with some amateur features.” The amateur feature being price.

Title Data
Lens: HEXANON 45mm 1:1.8
6 elements in 4 groups
AOV: 52º
Diaphragm: f1.8 - f16
Shutter: COPAL SVA
Shutter Speeds: B, 1-1/500
Viewfinder: Side-illuminated bright frame with automatic compensation for parallax and picture angle
Focusing: Coupled rangefinder, double-image focusing spot
Focal range: 3ft - ∞
Exposure meter: Supersensitive CdS meter cross-coupled for full automatic exposure control. Photocell in lens barrel.
Exposure modes: Manual & Auto, shutter priority
Battery: 1.3V PX625
Battery checker: Button on bottom of camera body
ASA: 25-400
Filter mount: 55mm, screw-in
Self-timer:
Winding method: Single-stroke ratcheted cocking lever
Winding distance: Initial play 10º, operating angle 134º
Dimensions WxHxD: 138 x 82 x 74 mm
Weight: 715g / 1.6lb
Year: 1965

Download the manual (PDF)