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Konica FP - 1963
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• My first SLR

• $230 with f1.4 lens in 1963 ($1639 in 2010 dollars)

This was my first SLR, which I bought in early 1964 at age 15 and then took to the 1964 New York World's Fair.

It was a typical minimalist Japanese SLR of the day, with an outstanding set of features: Bright viewfinder, easy-to-focus microprism rangefinder, metal Copal Square shutter with speeds to 1/1000 sec., convenient controls. Very solid and well made, with a really loud shutter.

My own FP I gave away at some point, but I can't remember when or to whom. I bought this replacement a few years ago, and shot with it for the first time in August 2011. The three color shots below are from that shoot. I've also included one of my World's Fair shots, developed by me in Summer 1964 in my basement darkroom, and scanned in 2007.

Konica FPAd from Popular Photography, Oct. 1962Ad from Popular Photography, Dec. 1963Unisphere at Night: 1964-65 NY World's Fair (taken with Konica FP, 52mm f1.4 lens)
On the Boulder, Colorado, Downtown Mall (taken with Konica FP, 52mm f1.4 lens)On the Boulder, Colorado, Downtown Mall (taken with Konica FP, 52mm f1.4 lens)On the Boulder, Colorado, Downtown Mall (taken with Konica FP, 52mm f1.4 lens)

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