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• First auto-exposure camera with CdS meter

• $90 with f1.9 lens in 1963 ($641 in 2010 dollars)

The Auto S is the first descendant of the Konica (I) rangefinder (also shown by this app) to have a CdS cell, It's also the first camera with a CdS cell to set the aperture automatically. Today we would call it shutter-priority, since you had to set the shutter speed manually. (In the Popular Photography review, shown below, they call it "Pre-Select Shutter Speed type".)

The Auto S has an exceptional viewfinder. Not only is it big and bright, but the frame lines adjust as the lens is focused.

The Auto S was hugely popular, and one of the early automatic 35mm rangefinders to define this important category starting in the 1960s. Most of the major camera manufacturers had cameas of this type, typically selling for less than half of what their least expensive SLRs sold for.

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