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Old 11-03-2015   #1
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Koniflex journal

Hello from France,

I have been searching for a Koniflex during years, and finally found two last june. Ha ha.
I used it on Atlantic coast in France (where I live) during summer and I went to Lisbon, Portugal with it at the end of august.

I love using it so far, and I just began to develop my first rolls.
I really enjoy the results from the Konishiroku Hexanon 85/3.5 lens :
it is a good standard lens, quite sharp, with a distinctive bokeh.

I hope some of you will appreciate the thread.



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Very nice, Nicolas! Interesting quality to the pictures. I have never seen a Koniflex; it's almost like the unicorn -- legendary. Can you post a picture or two of the camera itself?
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Very nice, Nicolas! Interesting quality to the pictures. I have never seen a Koniflex; it's almost like the unicorn -- legendary. Can you post a picture or two of the camera itself?
Thank you for your message.
You will find a picture on my Instagram, linked below.
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Great pictures Nicolas.

Many remind me of the style of Edouard Boubat, particularly the stance of the subject in your portraits, and especially in the superb photo above. Such natural elegance and charm. Beautiful!
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There are three Koniflex cameras listed on eBay presently. One fixer upper and two (from the same seller) priced around the $600 mark. All in Japan. Attractive looking TLRs, I would expect theHexanon lens to be a good one.
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Great pictures Nicolas.

Many remind me of the style of Edouard Boubat, particularly the stance of the subject in your portraits, and especially in the superb photo above. Such natural elegance and charm. Beautiful!
Oh thank you very much.
Of course I love Boubat, and the pictures he made with Lella in Brittany. This is where I live.

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There are three Koniflex cameras listed on eBay presently. One fixer upper and two (from the same seller) priced around the $600 mark. All in Japan. Attractive looking TLRs, I would expect the lens Hexanon lens to be a good one.
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Belém (Lisboa), end of august '15 :


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Walking down the streets of Alfama (Lisbon) with the Koniflex.
Just near the tramway rails, there was a little alley and this old car in a courtyard.



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Memories from Belém, Portugal.



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When I am on a famous location, I always wonder how to photograph it in a different way.
This is why a tourist is a tourist : he does not want to act as another tourist.
I am not sure I am very clear here, ha ha.



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On the way back to France, after being in Lisbon for a few days, Madrid (Spain) seemed to be an exciting city.
There was such a crowd in the streets, even late at night. What a difference between Madrid and Lisbon !
The next day, I was impressed by the Vogue like a painting exhibition.

Last lunch before driving back home during all night :


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Superb!

You have a great eye for composition and timing. I especially love your portraits full of feeling and sensibility.
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Superb!

You have a great eye for composition and timing. I especially love your portraits full of feeling and sensibility.
Thank you very much for your kind words, Anthony.
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Bim ! Bam ! Boom !
(I don't always have something interesting to say, nor something to photograph, ha ha)



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Yet out of nothing comes something marvellous!

That tonal quality is breathtaking, and the image really sparkles. The light makes all the difference. Magnificent.
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I looked at you instagram Koni page. Love it. Really nice stuff here.
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Yet out of nothing comes something marvellous!

That tonal quality is breathtaking, and the image really sparkles. The light makes all the difference. Magnificent.
Thank you very much for your kind words, Anthony.

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I looked at you instagram Koni page. Love it. Really nice stuff here.
Thank you very much too, Daveleo.
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Lovely work, Nicolas! I follow you on flickr and Instagram (Angelique, too!), but hadn't appreciated that your recent Lisbon photos were taken with a Koniflex. Very nice camera, but it's the photographer who makes the magic happen.
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Yeah, I like your pictures too. I have two cheaper Japanese TLR cameras; the Ricoh Diacord G(s) which look like they have many similar parts as yours. Both of mine have surprising lenses, but then they are the same model. And actually they are easier to focus (ergonomically)(but the focusing screens aren't as good) than my Rollieflex.

I love to use flash with mine, and I plow through rolls of Arista film with them.

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Like that one pretty much. Makes me recommend this terrific movie to Angélique and you, if, by chance, you haven't seen it yet :

http://lesgrandesondes.com/wp_1/



I guess I'm getting what you mean re. the photographers not wanting to be the average tourists, although being tourists nonetheless.

This might be the main source of a dilemna of some sort we always have to face when travelling (and preparing ourselves for travel).

Thus, sometimes (if not most of the times), taking one camera only (even with a fixed lens) and a large bunch of film works super. In any case, it works better than taking too much gear and not film enough.

When I went to Barcelona I took my Rollei 35 and lots of B&W film in my jacket pockets, and nothing else. And I had no regrets about some gear I had left at home once arrived on location. There is a trip to Amsterdam scheduled on next February ; I will probably buy myself the same policy...
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Like that one pretty much. Makes me recommend this terrific movie to Angélique and you, if, by chance, you haven't seen it yet :

http://lesgrandesondes.com/wp_1/



I guess I'm getting what you mean re. the photographers not wanting to be the average tourists, although being tourists nonetheless.

This might be the main source of a dilemna of some sort we always have to face when travelling (and preparing ourselves for travel).

Thus, sometimes (if not most of the times), taking one camera only (even with a fixed lens) and a large bunch of film works super. In any case, it works better than taking too much gear and not film enough.

When I went to Barcelona I took my Rollei 35 and lots of B&W film in my jacket pockets, and nothing else. And I had no regrets about some gear I had left at home once arrived on location. There is a trip to Amsterdam scheduled on next February ; I will probably buy myself the same policy...
Merci beaucoup, thanks a lot for your message. I didn't know the film.
I totally agree with the "traveling light" choice.
Trip to Lisbon : Konica SII, Koniflex. Fixed lenses, one sort of film in each camera.

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Here is a street portrait from last summer in Provence, France.


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December'16 in the studio :

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April'17 in the Calanques, near Marseille :


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Thanks for this thread - I shall follow you on Instagram

I was lucky enough to find a nice Koniflex earlier this year to add to my TLR collection. I shall do a review of it sometime soon on my Rangefinder Chronicles site - but I have already viewed the negatives. I have to say it has become one of my favourite of my TLR cameras. Great lens, nice and different focal length, and I love the ability to do double exposures with it too.
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Thanks for this thread - I shall follow you on Instagram

I was lucky enough to find a nice Koniflex earlier this year to add to my TLR collection. I shall do a review of it sometime soon on my Rangefinder Chronicles site - but I have already viewed the negatives. I have to say it has become one of my favourite of my TLR cameras. Great lens, nice and different focal length, and I love the ability to do double exposures with it too.
Thank you for your message. You are right about the Koniflex.
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Hello again, here is a self-portrait from april'17.


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A look in the Daoulas abbey, in Brittany, june'17 :


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Brittany, june'17 :


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Musée d'Orsay, Paris, december'16 :


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Two years ago, I met this young lady in Provence :


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^ A great one - like all pictures you show here!
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Two years ago, I met this young lady in Provence
Happy anniversary (and nice photo by the way)!

I have two Koniflex and I love the way the lens renders for portrait work. You seem to get great results from yours!

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Happy anniversary (and nice photo by the way)!

I have two Koniflex and I love the way the lens renders for portrait work. You seem to get great results from yours!

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wonderful photos ....a nice way to start Friday morning
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