Here it is, a camera I saved!
I found this little Konica at a thrift store over the weekend, and popped a battery in and noticed (like most Konica's of this nature I find), the meter was unresponsive!!
I think this is the 3rd Konica i've found with a non-functioning meter..
So I decided, that's it. I'm going to make this one work.
I took it apart, the bottom first, removed the battery compartment and noticed the wires were corroded to the point where they just snapped off.. I re-soldered them and thought I was good.
Battery in, nothing.
I then took the top plate off, to unbent the hotshoe, and tinker around with the wiring to see how it was doing.
This Konica Auto S3 has an ingenious flash mode where you can balance flash and the natural daylight, creating that nice look.
There's a switch related to that, that I toggled a few times to break free.
Once I inspected and moved some bits around I put the top back on and tada, the meter worked!!
I'm pretty excited to try this camera out.
It has a 6 element in 4 groups 38mm Hexanon lens, f1.8.
One of the sharpest lenses made for an all inclusive compact 35mm camera!
It's a Shutter priority camera just like an Canon AE-1, meaning you set the shutter speed you desire and the camera will suggest and use the aperture that pops up on the right side of the viewfinder.
It is rangefinder coupled so focus is minimum at 38".
The images i've seen produced are really good, most of the reason why I wanted to ressurect this little camera.
It's like my first rangefinder (Konica C35A) but just that much more versatile.
I've included a photo next to the X-Pan just to give a sense of how small these little rangefinders are, chances are, this will stay in the bag when going out to shoot as a trusty low-light camera.