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Konica TC-X, please help me get started on this!

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Hi All,
I am new to the forum and I am not a photographer, I just joined the forum to get some information.
My dad would always carry his film camera (Konica TC-X) around and take photos. Well he is not with us anymore and I wish to continue using his camera when I visit locations. I know the cost of operating, developing, and printing a film is higher than a digital one but this is only going to be used on certain occasions and it has sentimental value so that’s fine.
I don’t know much about the specs of the camera and what film to buy and at what speed to take photos and all that. Can you all help me get started on this maybe by stating basic info needed and what film to buy?
His camera bag includes 3 lenses, one very short one, a long one, and another one in between. I can post pictures of the lenses if needed or look up specs on it.
Your input is much appreciated.
 
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The Konica TC-X is the last of the Konica cameras produced, and was not even made in the Konica factories. It's production was farmed out to Cosina, who produced a whole line of cameras which were branded with top makers' names.

OK, so it's a fully manual, DX coded 35mm SLR with an all plastic body. DX coded means that you can buy most any film brand available, and the ISO rating should work in that camera without changing a thing. All manual means that you will need to do all the other settings manually. The light meter will only guide you.
 

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The Konica TC-X is the last of the Konica cameras produced, and was not even made in the Konica factories. It's production was farmed out to Cosina, who produced a whole line of cameras which were branded with top makers' names.

OK, so it's a fully manual, DX coded 35mm SLR with an all plastic body. DX coded means that you can buy most any film brand available, and the ISO rating should work in that camera without changing a thing. All manual means that you will need to do all the other settings manually. The light meter will only guide you.
Thanks, I will get the manual and see how I can operate it in different environmental conditions. Is there a recommended film to use?
 

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G'day mate

Film-wise ...... pop into your local camera shop and see about a "Colour print film of 100-ISO". The shop person will call is a colour-negative film, and the negative is later printed which is what you look at once back home

As to the 3 lenses described above - can you look at the numbers on the front and let us know what they are??
We're looking for the bits that look like this ...
Phil
lens info.jpg
 

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G'day mate

Film-wise ...... pop into your local camera shop and see about a "Colour print film of 100-ISO". The shop person will call is a colour-negative film, and the negative is later printed which is what you look at once back home

As to the 3 lenses described above - can you look at the numbers on the front and let us know what they are??
We're looking for the bits that look like this ...
Phil
View attachment 321185
Thanks, appreciate it.
There is one 28mm
Another one is 50mm
Another one 80-200 mm
 

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Thanks, appreciate it.
There is one 28mm ~ Another one is 50mm ~ Another one 80-200 mm
Excellent :)

The 50mm lens was supplied as it creates an image closely resembling life-size / as seen by the eye
The 28mm is called a wide-angle and sees 2x the viewing angle of the 50mm ... but everything is a bit smaller when squeezed into the same bit of film
The 80 - 200mm zoom is used for bringing stuff "closer" ie- larger in the frame

Which lens you end up using most will come from your "artistic eye" ... many people like to do pics with lots of stuff in the frame ... others like to get in close and just show a small bit of stuff in the frame

I suggest that you play with each -with no film in the camera- and just see how each settles into your visual likes / dis-likes and once you are a bit happier with swapping lenses, ............................ go for it !!!

Hope this helps
Phil
 

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Excellent :)

The 50mm lens was supplied as it creates an image closely resembling life-size / as seen by the eye
The 28mm is called a wide-angle and sees 2x the viewing angle of the 50mm ... but everything is a bit smaller when squeezed into the same bit of film
The 80 - 200mm zoom is used for bringing stuff "closer" ie- larger in the frame

Which lens you end up using most will come from your "artistic eye" ... many people like to do pics with lots of stuff in the frame ... others like to get in close and just show a small bit of stuff in the frame

I suggest that you play with each -with no film in the camera- and just see how each settles into your visual likes / dis-likes and once you are a bit happier with swapping lenses, ............................ go for it !!!

Hope this helps
Phil
This is great info, thanks very much. Now I know which lens to use for different things. How about lighting when I take photos? Is that something I need to adjust for?
by the way, there is a National PE-201A flash in the bag as well. Looks like it is battery operated, I can just mount on top of the camera and it should function.
 

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G'day mate

Don't know that type of flash ---- maybe it'll be one of those "try and see how it goes" things

Phil
 

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G'day mate

Don't know that type of flash ---- maybe it'll be one of those "try and see how it goes" things

Phil
Thanks for your input, this will definitely get me started with taking photos with this camera. I will need to figure out the film development as well. Do you have any experience with the Kodak mobile film scanner?
 

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Thanks for your input, ..... Do you have any experience with the Kodak mobile film scanner?
No matey - many years of D&P in the darkroom, mono & colour slide - but not that scanner
Phil
 
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