Question about mounting compatability : LUSENET : Konica 35mm SLRs : One Thread

Hello all, I just found this forum and it looks like a great source of information!

I've got a Konica ft-1 that I really like, but I want to find a manual Konica for backpacking, a T4, TC or TC-X is what I would like.

My question, though, is that the mount on my FT is a 'konica baoyonet II', (which is what the TC-X has), and the T4 and TC use a 'Konica Bayonet (47mm diameter)'. So would the lenses that fit a T4 and TC be able to go on my Ft?

An even more basic question would be if I need to double-check any zoom lenses I buy to see if they will fit the ft?


-- Anonymous, September 15, 2000


lens mounting compatability

Hello Adrian,

Lens from all of the Konica SLR's, back to the Autoreflex T, will fit your FT-1. They are typically marked K/AR, and have either an EE (for the older lenses) or AE ( for the newer lenses at the end of the aperture scale.

Zoom lenses are the same deal. Just be careful to check for fungus and sticky diaphragms. There's a lot of really good information on this site that will help you.


Mark Webster

-- Anonymous, September 16, 2000

Mounting Compatibility

Adrian, There is one thing to warn you of. There exists a line of Konica SLR lenses from the original Konica F series. While in many ways similar, they will not couple to later T and A series or Late F series SLRs.

Jon from Deepinaharta, Georgia

-- Anonymous, September 17, 2000

Konica TC-X


In looking for a backpacking Konica, check out the TC-X. It uses readily available batteries, and is really light and compact. I picked one up for my collection, but really like it as a user.


-- Anonymous, September 18, 2000

Re : Konica TCX

James -

The TCX with a 40mm 1.8 is very compact and light. The TCX uses one AAA battery - a real advantage over the TC. The TCX will also read the film speed from the canister - but on mine, it occasionally mis-reads the film speed, so I always set the speed manually.

One caveat about Konica mounts. Off-brand lenses with Konica mounts may not always work. I bought a Miida 28 lens that works fine with my TC and TCX, but on my A3 or FS1 it causes the mirror to hang - I can't seem to figure out why. I advise you to check any non-Konica lens with your camera before purchase.


-- Anonymous, September 18, 2000

Konica TC-X

I have owned my TC-X for almost a year and find it to be a great travel camera. The lightweight body and a 40mm Hexanon lens plus small flash fit easily in most briefcases. I find it is the camera I will take with me when I MAY have photo opportunities but am not sure. The viewfinder is not as bright as my FT-1, the body is not as quiet as far as shutter noise, and the rewind crank is a bit cantankerous (perhaps just on mine?) but, all in all, a fun camera that is easy and convenient for travel or general photo work. I would not hesitate to recommend the camera to anyone.

Jim Rooks

-- Anonymous, September 18, 2000

Thanks, and a few more questions

Thank you all for your informative responses. So far what I'm getting is that 'AE' lenses will work without a problem on both the TCX and the FT1, but 'EE' lenses sometimes don't get along with the TCX.

... I don't know how the 'EE' lenses work with the FT1, are there any problems?

By the way, I've been trying to get a TCX off of EBAY for two weeks now, outbid each time! These must be very popular cameras!

-- Anonymous, September 21, 2000

FT-1s and EE Lenses

The older "EE" Lenses work just fine on the FT-1 bodies. I have used my older 85mm f/1.8 lens (my favorate lens) on a few FT-1 camera bodies without trouble.

I am suprised to hear that they don't get along with the TCX bodies. I have used my older "EE" lenses on T-2, nT-3, T-4, TC, FS-1, and FT-1 bodies without any problems.

To respond to your first question, if I am going out in the field with my camera, I would bring my "tanks" the nT-3s. They are the most rugged bodies Konica made. Heavy? You bet. But they will survive a few bumps and bruises.

-- Anonymous, September 22, 2000

TC-X lens compatibility

I think you might have misunderstood the previous comment. Chris said... <<< Off-brand lenses with Konica mounts may not always work. I bought a Miida 28 lens that works fine with my TC and TCX, but on my A3 or FS1 it causes the mirror to hang - I can't seem to figure out why. I advise you to check any non-Konica lens with your camera before purchase. >>> That was about off - brand lenses - NOT Konica Hexanon. I've used a range of both EE and AE Hexanon lenses, as well as off-brand including Tamron, Soligor, Panagor, Cimko on my TCX, TC, FS-1 and Autoreflex T, and have never had an incompatibility problem. I would be really surprised if a Hexanon wouldn't fit a TCX properly. Given Chris' comment, it sounds like it would be a good idea to try an off-brand on your body before buying, though. Given the variability of some of these lenses, I'd even shoot a few photos as well, before committing!!!

BTW, I've got a TCX listed on ebay at the moment - Item #442863920, if you're interested.

-- Anonymous, September 24, 2000

Clarification and question about Tamron

Exactly. All of my Hexanon lenses work perfectly with all the bodies from the A3 to the FS1. I also have a Vivitar Series One zoom that works with all the bodies. It is only the Miida that has problems. I don't know much about Miida - who made the lens or anything else. You do see some questionable brands on E-bay or in used camera shops - those are the ones I would question.

Does anyone know about Tamron adaptall? Will new manual focus Tamron lenses work with K/AE with an adaptall mount?

-- Anonymous, September 24, 2000

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