Konica corp. introduced the automatic exposure camera, Konica Autorex, for the first time in the world. And after that, they improved the the built-in meter of Autorex to TTL (through-the-lens) metering. Thus, Konica FTA came in the market in 1968.
The metering of FTA is shutter-speed-priority automatic exposure. By the way, you might think that shutter-speed-priority automatic exposure cameras are for the beginners. But they had confidence in the quality of FTA and their concept was that the users could leave some of the operation to the camera because of its high quality.
Also, the camera equips with full-aperture metering which keeps the viewfinder bright when selecting the aperture value and makes it easy to focus.
Konica's Hexanon lenses are well-known as the high-quality lenses.
Unfoutunately, Konica corp. stopped manufacturing SLR cameras, but Hexar, a rangefinder camera Konica corp. introduced lately, inherits their experienced structures.
In 1970, New FTA, an upgrade of FTA and enables to see the shutter speed in the viewfinder, was introduced.
- First introduced in 1968
- Picture size : 24x36mm
- Lens : Konica Hexanon, interchangable lens system
- Viewfinder : pentaprism
- Light metering : full-aperture metering
- Exposure meter : TTL automatic exposure (use of Cds)
- Film speed range : ISO 25-1600
- Shutter : Copal Square S metal focal-plane shutter
- Shutter speeds : B, 1-1/1000sec.
- Self-timer : built-in
- Flash sync contact : M, X
- Film rewind : crank
- Power resources : LR44, alkali-manganese battery x 2
- Body dimensions : 148x95x48.5mm
- Body weight : appox. 740g.