Dear Konica Hexar AF, many have penned their thoughts on you, loved and parted with you. I am writing you this letter because I know you deserved more.
First came to know you through Kai’s video on Youtube many years ago when you went against the photography giant (then) Leica M9, and you stood your ground. You, like David versus Goliath, fought and produced images worthy of a camera that cost many times your perceived value.
From then onwards, I read so many wonderful things about you that further piqued my curiosity on what we could do together. I remembered the day I picked you up. It was a Saturday. The instant your ex-partner decided to leave you, posted a cold sale advertisement, I called and picked you up the very day.
What are You?
You are not quite a rangefinder, are you? You looked like one but you behaved entirely autofocus. Should I call you a rangefinder-styled point and shoot camera? No, that somehow belittled the impact you made on my photography journey.
I never associate a rangefinder with autofocus, yet you, the Konica Hexar AF is just that. You truly are an oddball. A camera many fondly remembered but wouldn’t take you seriously. Maybe they were deceived by how plasticky you are. But you are not a toy.
You performed when tasked.
The results from you were out of my expectations. Perhaps I didn’t expect a lot. Surely your outdated autofocus function cannot compete with the modern digital cameras. And you can’t do zone focusing either.
Yet it was fun being with you. I went as far as getting a Rhodium version of you from Japan. And we took wonderful photos together. You captured some of the best moments I ever took with any camera. You will always have a place on my photography journey.