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5 Frames with a Konica K-Mini – By Dominic Leung

Originally released in 1995 in Japan, the Konica K-mini sits right at the low end of the compact point & shoot spectrum; being the little brother of Big Mini. The K-mini has a fixed focus 28mm lens, an on-off switch and a shutter button, thatʼs about it. Everything else is automated.

My friend T, who imports cameras from Japan and sells them here in Hong Kong, recently dug up a black K-mini, she showed me the picture of it and it was love at first sight. After meeting her and getting the K-mini, I went straight to Choi Hung Estate, a popular public housing famous for its vibrant rainbow colour, and fired away.

Choi Hung Estate – Fujicolor C200

Choi Hung Estate – Fujicolor C200

The company I worked in recently moved to a new neighbourhood – Quarry Bay, it is a mix of old residential and new commercial areas. It is very interesting and I find something new every day.

Quarry Bay – Kodak Portra 400

Quarry Bay – Kodak Portra 400

Quarry Bay – Kodak Portra 400

I cannot explain how comfortable it is to hold the K-mini. It slips right in my hand perfectly and it is ever so joyful to shoot!

The K-mini gives experiences and images similar to a disposable camera does, but you can change the film. It is certainly not for everyone, but that’s how I love it.

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    Linda Terstad
    May 16, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Nice pictures and post. I am born in 89 and got this camera when I was very young, happily nostalgic about seeing a 5 frames with that camera here. (It was called EU-mini in Europe I think but it looks exactly the same…)

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      Dominic Leung
      May 19, 2019 at 5:41 am

      Thank you Linda for reading! It is nice to see you feel nostalgic with this camera!
      I am aware of the EU-mini and they really look identical to me, different name for different regions/markets I guess 🙂

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