Halkov film

Using Konica Hexar's hidden/disabled features


  • switch from Off to P-mode while pressing SELF
  • the display will show 0 left of number of shot, e.g. 0[03] 
  • with each exposure, the left number increases, e.g. 1[03], 2[03] etc.
  • switch to Off, and the film is transported to the next frame
  • more than 9 exposures are possible, but not indicated

Manual selection of flash guide number

  • switch from Off to P-mode while pressing SELECT 
  • keep pressing SELECT and use UP/DOWN for GN selection 
  • when releasing SELECT, camera displays [PFl]. 
  • switch to Off, and the selection is deleted. 
  • when required GN number is not available, select nearest lower number, e,g. GN24 not available, then select GN23.
Infrared auto focus
  • load film, and switch camera on (P, A, or M mode) 
  • IR film is non DX, so requires pressing the shutter release button to advance to frame 1
  • switch to A mode, then press SELECT until ISO values are displayed. Within 3 secs, press DOWN untill [---] is shown. press MF once to display [750] (corresponding to Konica IR750 film) press MF twice to display [850] (corresponding to Kodak's 850 film) (the numbers correspond to the wavelength the films are sensitive for) 
  • after 3 secs, the display will show [iso 100], acknowledging successful setting of IR value
  • for correct exposure, consult the data sheet of the film
Fast exposure setting
  • select aperture in M-mode
  • partially press shutter release button - display shows proper shutter time
  • press UP or DOWN, and that time is selected. This allows for a very quick spotmetering. When now the composition is changed, including DOF, the measured time still is used.
  • switch to M-mode and press SELECT until [+/- 0.0] is shown. 
  • use UP/DOWN to select increment, from 1/3 to 2 stops. 
  • when pressing shutter release, three exposures are taken. 
  • Important: though engaged in M-mode, switching to A or P is possible before pressing shutter release. 
  • bracketing varies shutter release time. When in P-mode this is outside of the range 1/250 - camera shake critical speed, the aperture is changed. 
  • autofocus is activated before the first exposure and maintained for second and third. 
  • shutter release time indication shown in A or P mode is only calculated for the first exposure. Under low light conditions, the shutter time may end up under the camera shake critical speed. When in doubt use a tripod. when the aperture/shutter time combination falls entirely out of the range of the Hexar, the exposure is not made. This results in only 1 or 2 exposures
  • when the film is full, the bracketing is stopped, and the film gets rewound 
  • when using bracketing together with EV-compensation in A or P mode, the entire bracket moves up or down the amount of the compensation
  • no bracketing is possible with flash or T(time) exposures
  • bracketing has to be cancelled by setting the EV to [+/-0.0] again.

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