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Konica MR640
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Photos by RL text by RL. From the collection of Renaud Laemmli. Last update 2014-11-24 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Japan from 1988 to 0.
Index of rarity in France: Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 2921

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During the 80s, it was fashionable to be adventurous ... We are 20 years old and we dream of Camel Trophy, explorations and extraordinary journeys in the sand, ice, underwater, underground ... We should be able to photograph in all circumstances to be able to tell.
One of the forerunners was the Fuji HD-1, harsh environment camera from the start (1979), which will be regularly improved.
In 1988, Konica rushes to be part of the market with the MR-640: initials meaning Moisture Resistant probably because it is not a diving camera, but a weather resistant device. When it gets dirty you can pass it under the tap!
640 figures indicates  the novelty: a dual focal lens, 60 or 40 mm which is chosen by means of a  selector. This is not a zoom, and any value between the two extremes is not possible, but remember that competitors have a fixed focal length (38 mm in general).
In addition, the MR-640 is autofocus, loading and advance are motorized. Probably a transgression to hardiness: no battery, no photo ... and when you are at the bottom of an underground river in the middle of the Polar Papua, it is not easy to get one!.

Konica MR640