Leica AF-C1

Leica AF-C1


1989 LEICA AF-C1: first Leica compact camera


Free PDF manual available at: http://www.cameramanuals.org/leica_pdf/leica_af-c1.pdf

John Spiers , may 22, 2004; 03:08 p.m.
Anyone know where to find a tech spec or manual on the web for this camera? I just bought one, mint condition, for £45, and am curious about things like the shutter speeds.
It seems a very nice camera. F2.8 at the 40mm end and F5.6 at 80mm, which is pretty good for a cheap point & shoot. Does anyone know when these were manufactured, and by who (presumably not Leica)?
Thanks
John

Answers

Michael B. Elmer , may 22, 2004; 03:51 p.m.

It's a rebadged Minolta, according to Laney & Puts: Leica Pocket book, 7th ed.
The exposure meter is centre-weighted integral and said to have automatic correction for excessive contrast. The meter goes from 8 cd/m2 to 125000 cd/m2, and the working range at iso 100 from ev6 (1/8 s at f/2.8) to ev 17 (1/400 s. at f 18 (with 80 mm lens ev 8 (1/8 s at f/5.6) to ev 19 (1/400 s at f/36)). Automatic setting of dx coded film. There are two focal lengths: 40/2.8 and 80/5.6 with a focusing range from 0.7 m to infinity (So it's not a zoom!!!) Power supply: 6v 2cr5 lithium battery lasting for 25 36 exposure films with 50 % flash.



Bill Mitchell , may 23, 2004; 10:42 a.m.

Great Camera -- a brilliant design! Probably the best street shooter I've ever had. It's light, it's small, and the most ergonomic Leica ever. 40mm f:2.8 lens is excellent, and is converted into a 80mm f:5.6 with a built-in tele-converter at the push of a button. Built-in lens cover clicks open as you bring the camera to your eye. Glasses wearers can easily see the whole viewfinder (which is 1:1 lifesize with the 80mm in place). Excellent programed exposure, and moderately fast autofocus. Repairs available from Peachtree in Atlanta, who bought the spares from Leitz. Virtually identical to the Minolta Tele-Freedom, which goes for $25 on the auction. A winner!



Mani Sitaraman , may 24, 2004; 07:52 a.m.

Bill, does the Minolta Tele-Freedom have the same lens?



John Spiers , may 24, 2004; 02:54 p.m.

Thanks everyone. I love the built-in teleconverter! What a strange design.
One remaining question - does anyone know what speed films can be used?
John



John Fleetwood , jun 09, 2004; 06:10 p.m.

John, I can send you a photocopy of the manual if you like.



John Fleetwood , jun 10, 2004; 04:50 p.m.

AF-C1 film speed settings: 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200. In-between DX-coded films will be set to one of these settings. 125 and 160 will be set at 100 ASA. Slower than 50 or non-DX film will be set at 100 ASA. This info is from the manual.


Leica introduced the AF-C1 "state of the art " dual lens camera with fully automatic flash, brilliantly clear viewfinder. and "what's more it is a Leica", the ad states, modestly. And at $379.95 it should be. In addition, the new Leica "...enables you to become acquainted with a legendary name in the photographic world. Built-in super sharp 35/80 dual lens w/macro 3 beam auto-focus lock. Auto exposure control and LCD display monitors all camera functions including quick flash rechargeable with fill flash and off switch. Large bright viewfinder. LCD display monitors all camera functions. Includes 6v lithium battery.

Duel lens selection:
  • 38mm lens for group shots and scenics
  • 80mm lens for portraits and candids
  • Macro capability down to 2.3 ft (0.7m) without special setting

  • Intelligent multi-beam autofocus with cancellable focus hold
  • Intelligent automatic metering for proper exposures in any lighting
  • Fast recycling, automatic switchover flash
  • Automatic fill-flash capability
  • Large bright viewfinder
  • Fully automatic film transport
  • Automatic setting of film speed
  • Manual flash control for creative effects


The exposure meter is centre-weighted integral and said to have automatic correction for excessive contrast. The meter goes from 8 cd/m2 to 125000 cd/m2, and the working range at iso 100 from ev6 (1/8 s at f/2.8) to ev 17 (1/400 s. at f 18 (with 80 mm lens ev 8 (1/8 s at f/5.6) to ev 19 (1/400 s at f/36)). Automatic setting of dx coded film.

AF-C1 film speed settings: 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200. In-between DX-coded films will be set to one of these settings. 125 and 160 will be set at 100 ASA. Slower than 50 or non-DX film will be set at 100 ASA.




Leica AF-C1