Konica Z-up28W Camera Review
This review continues on the theme of inexpensive but good quality film cameras. The Konica Z-up28W is interesting because not many point and shoot zooms start at a wide angle of 28mm. It zooms to only what would be considered a normal focal length of 56mm.
For me, this is a very useful range. I tested this with a roll of Kodak Portra 400. I got consistently good exposures and sharpness. When shooting SLR's, I often want 28mm or wider, so the wide angle was very welcome on a point and shoot.
I was not able to find a manual. Here are the few specs that I could gather.
- Zoom: 28-56mm
- Aperture: f3.5 – f6.6
- ISO range: 50-3200
- Original list: $369.00 (shocking, isn't it?)
- Current cost: I couldn't find any for sale online at this time. I got the one for this review for about $5.
- 28mm wide angle
- Quick snap function. Apparently for quick shots with limited depth of field, 3 to 12 feet. I did not test this.
- 1 button zoom
- Zoom scale on top of lens barrel.
Things I liked:
- 1 button for zoom, located right behind the shutter button. Goes out, then comes back. This would be a pain if the camera had one of those crazy long zoom ranges, but for 28 to 56, it's no problem and is actually quite handy in operation.
- Infinity lock. For shooting through windows for example.
- Macro setting.
- Quiet shutter
- Easy to turn off flash
- Lens seems good and sharp.
Things I liked less:
- 2cr5 battery. Not hard to get, but a little expensive, and if you are using the camera a lot, you will want
- to carry an extra. Not really a big deal.
- A bit big, won't fit in a shirt pocket, but it has a nice ergonomic feel. I usually prefer a smaller camera,
- however the larger size can make it easier to hold steady, and it has neck strap.
Conclusion: An excellent flexible camera with good quality and useful features. This is would be a good camera for casual events, a bit of street shooting, or just all around use.