Fomapan 200 in the Konica Auto S2


Of the many large, heavy 35mm rangefinder cameras I tried over the years, the Konica Auto S2 is one of two that I kept. (The other was the sublime Yashica Lynx 14e.) I liked it better than the vaunted Yashica Electro 35, better than the famed Minolta Hi-Matic 7. I don’t think this camera is objectively better than any of my other now-departed rangefinders — it just fits me better somehow.

Konica Auto S2

Of the cameras that I own but don’t need, of which there are many, I’m trying to give them annual exercise. In August and early September, it was the Auto S2’s turn.

I’m pushing through some Fomapan films that I bought on deep sale not long ago. I’m also experimenting with Ilford’s ID-11 developer. I suppose I could have titled this post “Fomapan 200 in ID-11” as well, because that’s just what I did. I shot the film at EI 125, as I seem to have best luck with it there, and developed it at the ISO 200 time.

One thing I like about ID-11 over HC-110, which has been my go-to, is that I get longer development times. Sometimes HC-110 puts me too close for comfort to five minutes — I’ve gotten unpredictable results with development times faster than that. Yet HC-110 is a more convenient developer for how infrequently I develop film. It keeps so well and it stretches so far!

I brought the Auto S2 with me as I went about my business for several weeks until the film was gone. For whatever reason, I encountered a lot scenes that said “shoot portrait, not landscape” to me. I made some decent photographs, but nothing that should go into my portfolio. Here are some of them.

Moore Road
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At Starkey Park
At Starkey Park
At Starkey Park
VW grille

Every time I shoot the Konica Auto S2, I’m so happy I kept it in Operation Thin the Herd.

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22 responses to “Fomapan 200 in the Konica Auto S2”

  1. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    The more I read about those nice 60’s and 70’s Japanese single lens rangefinders (and remember using them myself), the more I think I could probably get rid of all the Pentax/Canon film SLR’s I’m hanging on to and just cover my 35mm film “jones” by getting a clean version of one of these. When I really look at what lenses I use when I do shoot those cameras, most of the time I’m in the 35mm to 50mm range anyway, enough so I could make the single lens work for me…

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      The Konica Auto S2 is a peach. I recommend it. There’s also an Auto 1.6 version with a correspondingly faster f/1.6 lens.

    2. adventurepdx Avatar

      I most often reach for one of my rangefinders (the Minolta Hi-Matic 7s if I want “big”, the Olympus 35 RD if I want small) rather than my SR-T 101. I feel like the 40/45mm lens is great for the photography I do. I really only grab the SLR when I want different lenses.

      1. Jim Grey Avatar

        If only these rangefinders could focus as close as an SLR!

        1. adventurepdx Avatar

          Yep, there’s that. Macro work is one reason for an SLR, telephoto the other. But most of the stuff I do falls squarely in the middle.

  2. matt Avatar

    Nice — I liked the railing photo.
    Coincidentally, I’m also shooting this film stock (branded as Arista EDU) in my newly-acquired TLR.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I find that this film really likes ID-11/D-76. I’ve developed this stuff in HC-110 and Rodinal as well but I didn’t like the results as much.

      1. matt Avatar

        That works well for me, then: I’m using D-76 1:1 as my developer of choice at the moment. Hopefully I’ll get a few good ones — this is a ‘learning roll’.

  3. arhphotographic Avatar

    Many thanks for the timely post as I have to decide soon whether to go with Kentmere or try Fomapan. Once again some great images.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I need to try Kentmere again. Mike Connealy tells me he gets decent results developing it in HC-110, which is turning into my go-to developer.

  4. Roger Meade Avatar
    Roger Meade

    I love the image of the trail through the woods. It has a surreal feel, as if the trees are going to grab the next passer by. Almost as if you were using a fisheye, not a 45mm.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks! I chose it because of how the sun falls on the path, but see what you’re saying!

  5. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    Some great shots here with the Konica! And I must try this film.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      If you try the film, do a test roll where you shoot each shot at 125 and at 200, and have your lab process as normal. Some people prefer this film at 125. I find that when I send this film out to my usual labs I like the look best at 200, but when I develop it myself it looks best at 125. I wish I knew why!

      1. Andy Umbo Avatar
        Andy Umbo

        Your lab may have experience with this film and be pushing it a bit, even tho you tell them you shot it at 200. They could be used to seeing it a little “lite” and giving it a little nudge…

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          That would be my bet. I’ve sent this film to two or three labs and it always comes back fine at 200, so it must just be known in the industry that you need to adjust dev time.

  6. tbm3fan Avatar

    Speaking of Konica and Fomapan I happen to have put a roll of that film in my Konica Auto S1.6 to give both a try. There is also a roll of Fomapan in my Minolta 600si and Minolta V2. Problem as always is time to shoot since there are other critical time things to finish. When done I’ll be using my standard D-76

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      After using ID-11 the last couple rolls, I see why D-76/ID-11 are the standards.

  7. Sam Avatar

    Superb results Jim, I dig the pics!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Sam!

  8. kevinallan Avatar

    I know what you mean about short developing times with HC110. If the time with Dilution B is too short, you can use the unofficial dilution H which is twice the dilution (1+62) and twice the developing time.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I don’t know why I get hung up on this, but using Dil. H means I need to use my 500ml tank to get enough developer, and that seems wasteful to me for one roll of 35mm! Maybe I should get over myself.

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