Konica Kristmas: FC-1 Why and What?

As of today I have 27 different Konica cameras listed on my camera post list. I was intending to post number 28 this week, but it just didn’t work out that way.

Previously I said I didn’t like the FP-1 due to it being fully automatic with no override. Well, I have found a Konica camera that I dislike even more…the FC-1.

Here is a video of one.

A normal looking camera you might think, so why don’t I like it?

Three reasons:

  1. It feels so horribly plasticky.
  2. The Autoload system. You place the film towards the end and keep loading until you reach frame one. So no half frame first frame shot…no reason for it really other than avoiding that.
  3. The battery holder.

What the actual ****

Of course on a few examples for sale, this is missing. And of course the “first” FC-1, I bought had this essential part missing. So I bought another, phew it was there. It meant I could try it in the original camera and find out if it worked.

This post, where I got the photo from, says the battery case connects the batteries in parallel rather than series. Looking at the actual case I do have, I don’t think that is true. The metal connectors seem to go from the negative of one battery to the positive of the next. It is just done side to side and not as a stack. In parallel it would have a strip of metal along the top and bottom??

So what the heck was the point? Plus to get the batteries out of the case you have to stick a pointy thing in a small hole to push it out. Not very convenient. Plus if it breaks or you lose it, then you are screwed.

I tried the new case in the original camera, it worked. Ooooh, both cameras worked but I only had one holder. Could I make one?

Maybe. But I was very reluctant to damaged the one case I had.

The first thing I tried was using a silicon kitchen filler to make a mold. It was something I had lying around so I squeezed out a blob of it and with the case wrapped in cling film, I pushed it in to make an impression.

Just before that was set I pulled out the case incase it got stuck. Then I left the silicone to set…it didn’t fully. I think the clingfilm affect it somehow. Never mind, it was solid enough so I used it anyway. I poured in some epoxy resin to make the actual case. Once that was almost set I pushed in some old batteries to make their impression. Strangely the epoxy had a strange funkiness to it too. I sanded it down to the right size as pushing in the batteries changed the height. It also helped get rid of the gunk covering the outside. Then it was a case of drilling some holes to make space for the wires to connect the batteries.

Brilliant…nope, it didn’t work. I just couldn’t get the thing to be the right shape, size, or connect properly. Hmm, so I tried making one out of cardboard stacked together and glued. Then I used a drill to make the battery spaces. Brilliant…nope, the drill destroyed the cardboard. My dad suggested buying a 3D printer but as this is the only thing I actually might need one for, I didn’t see the point.

So then I did a search for a broken FC with the battery pack included and found one on eBay for ยฃ2.99 minimum bid. Offered the seller ยฃ5 and he accepted ยฃ4. How about that for honesty? I seriously couldn’t make one for that??

AND then I realised…Hey that means I definitely have 2 working versions of this camera and one probably broken version. Three copies of a camera, I don’t even like???

And with all that fussing, the weather, and covid…I didn’t get a chance to finish a film in one of the cameras with the battery pack I do have ๐Ÿ™‚

What a doylem!

I will finish the film this week at some point. I am sure it actually works, but you already know my opinion of this camera.

8 thoughts on “Konica Kristmas: FC-1 Why and What?

  1. Kurt Ingham says:

    I have 4 Mamiya NC 1000 and they are identical (except for S/N),not even little collector details to differentiate.All but the first one bought to get a lens or accessory. One would have been just fine. In every case they were so cheap it made sense to buy them, but weird.


    1. Peggy says:

      We collectors are a funny breed. While in Japan I think I bought every Olympus trip I saw in junk bins and gave them all away…bar one of course.


  2. William says:

    I love it; am really a bit amazed and admiring of your determination.
    No battery holder? Let’s make one – just go ahead, build a mold and cast it!
    Resin not work out? Ok, let’s move on to cardboard.

    No defeatism here! Your natural impulse to boldly face and engage a problem is a rare thing anymore. One is reminded of the astronauts aboard Apollo 13, fashioning their own salvation out of whatever lay to hand. Kudos, Peggy; much respect


      1. Peggy says:

        I actually didn’t realise it was until I put the link in for the foreigners ๐Ÿ˜‰ it’s a word we use a lot in our family…though not saying who it is directed at usually.


    1. Peggy says:

      Well, I had 2 so why not ๐Ÿ™‚ and now I have 3 because I sort of gave up…but I have some moldable plastic coming for another go ๐Ÿ™‚


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