Konica Pop -Blue 35mm plus other stories

This is my final week in the day job and post Dec 9th I can wake up in the morning and do anything I darn well please. This will hopefully involve travelling, taking photos, writing and buying & selling cameras.

Talking of which, I bought a very cheap lot of cameras £8 for 5 inc shipping from Ebay. The camera I was after was blue Konica Pop plus some others which I thought were of little note. Saturday morning and the postie arrives with my parcel. The cameras had all been described and good clean condition however upon opening the box and having a quick look at the Pop, it was disappointing to see battery acid bursting out of the battery compartment. However there is nothing like a challenge (I really should have taken before and after pics because the compartment was disgusting) so I've spent about an hour this morning with baking soda, wire wool, cotton buds and a mug of tea cleaning and scrubbing and finally after a bit of compressed air, copper and something out of the science cupboard, I finally managed to get some life back into the camera.  Or to be precise the flash works :)

Anyway here is the thing

It's a beauty, my wife has a red version (which will probably have similar corrosion issues ) but this is the first blue Pop I've had. As you can just see in this pic (better view on another pic)

It has a 36mm Hexanon F4 lens which isn't particularly fast, which is really why you need the flash (but it only has a range of about 6ft), but you do have some control over ISO, 100-400

The camera would have worked without the flash as everything else is manual, loading and wind on/rewind are all done without the need for a battery. 

You can see the rainbow strap here, it's nice and clean and adds something to the already stunning camera. I can't wait to shoot with it and then it will probably be sold.

The Pop came with another 4 cameras, all of which I thought (at first anyway) were just junk. However a little bit of research, 2 of them have potential.

This is exactly what it looks like. A bit of plastic, it's incredibly simple and basic. The buttons are minimal, fire and wind-on. It's light weight and feels very flimsy. However the Vivitar wide and slim (22mm plastic lens) appears to have quite a cult following on Lomography and can command quite a price on Ebay (for a bit of plastic). First thing I noticed was it needs a film in it in order for the shutter to work.  The results should be interesting.

The final camera |I want to show you is this

It was actually made in Japan, which adds to the value. The Riva is a smart looking beast, quite compact but nothing like the size of the Mju.  The lens goes from 38-105mm which is pretty decent for a compact point and shoot.

As you can see the Riva is quite basic (not as basic as the Vivitar) but it has a few functions. I have placed an OOD Kodak gold 200 in  it and taken 1 shot (so far)

The Riva takes 2 CR123A's which are a chunky battery but should give the camera a good bit of life

Researching this on the internet didnt really result in massive amounts of information and the price of it is all over the place. Ranging from £6 to $248. As far as I was concerned it was a point and shoot and nothing else. But perhaps it's something else. I suppose the only way to find out how good it is to test it.

Thanks for stopping by and I will post the results when I get them developed.

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