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Konica Instant Press

One of the most rewarding parts of our retail store is all the cool cameras that people bring us. Often they are inherited family cameras that folks really don’t know what to do with with. Every so often we get the opportunity to handle, or even buy extremely rare items.

The Konica Instant Press is a professional-quality instant camera sold circa 1983-84 by Konica. It integrates a Polaroid-branded CB103 film back which accepts 3¼×4¼” peel-apart instant film.

Like the top-grade folding Polaroid packfilm models (the 180, the 190, and 195), the Konica Instant Press offers a superior lens (a Hexanon 110mm f/4.0) and full manual control over exposure settings. The Copal #0 Shutter runs from 1 second to 1/500, plus T and B; and a white lever above the lens (without click stops) sets apertures between f/4 and f/64. The minimum focus is only 0.6m. This is much closer than Polaroid professional (180, 190, 195) cameras, whose closest focus is approx. 1.3m. It is also closer than the Fuji Fotorama FP-1 with a minimum focus of approx. 0.8m.

The Konica Instant Press does take some features from the iconic press cameras of the mid-20th century, such as the Speed Graphic. It folds closed into a sturdy package, retracting the lensboard using bellows; and it focuses via a top-mounted rangefinder/viewfinder (having just a single eyepiece, unlike some Polaroid models). The Konica also pays special attention to ergonomics, with a large handgrip for the photographer’s left hand molded into the camera’s plastic body. Focusing is done with an oversized knob in the center of the fold-out front panel (reminiscent of 1950s Polaroid Pathfinders); from here the shutter release is within finger reach atop the front edge of the door. This is threaded for standard cable releases.

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You can read a fine review of the Instant Press here from moominsean

So now you get the picture, this is a very fine professional grade camera. We have one for sale! Contact us at or come into our retail store in Seattle.

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