Koni-Omega Rapid 100 and 90mm f/3.5 Super-Omegon
Awesome and affordable brute of a camera.
This was my first medium format camera back in the 90s. The system itself dates back to the 50s, although the Rapid 100 was a later production model, maybe 70s or early 80s. There are numerous bodies including the Konica Press, Rapid, Rapid M, and maybe a couple older bodies. The Rapid 100 and 200 seem to be the later models and probably better buys than the older models.
In the 90s, I became interested in medium format photography after reading a book by the late Leif Ericksenn called “Medium Format Photography.”
He had some photos from the Koni-Omega that he used on a tv production and I began to seek one out.
The Koni-Omega is a rangefinder camera system that consisted of several bodies and interchangeable lenses. The lenses are sharp. They make for excellent images on 6×7 negatives or slide film.
They are not expensive, but big, bulky and a bit fussy to use, which is probably why I sold it. However, the Koni-Omega system is capable of excellent results at a bargain price. The lenses have built-in leaf shutters and the cameras do not need batteries to operate. But again, they are BULKY and I suspect that is the reason they end up getting sold by owners who sell them.
Prices are trending anywhere from $50-200, depending on body, lens, and other accessories.
If you want to get your feet wet in medium format photography without breaking the bank, this is it.
Note: Sorry I do not have any photos from the Koni-Omega to share with you. As mentioned, I got it in the 90’s and at that time, there was no such thing as a great economical home photo scanner, at least not one that could do medium format on a budget. However, I do remember having prints that were done for me by a photo lab, and if I can find them, I’ll be sure to scan them in and update this article. Thanks for stopping by.
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This is a “system” camera. Any medium format system camera system can be and usually are “fussy” to use. Any references to this being a “brute”, are symptomatic of a limited brand/model experienced commentator. Actually after using medium format film cameras for over fifty years, they all have their quirks. I have owned and used all but Hasselblad’s. Too pricey for me. The Omega rapid actually comes the closet to an action point and shoot camera of any of the options available. It was designed for this use it by the military. It was designed to be a reasonably quick, hand held shooter. But like anything posted on the internet, this is my opinion and everyone has one!
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Hi my friend, thanks and I do know that the Koni Omega is for the most part a system camera of interchangeable backs, lenses, etc. I have in fact bought, used and sold three sets since the 90s. I am speaking for those who may come across this camera for the first time. Usually it will be with a lens and back attached and I do not mean to be critical when I called it a “brute.” It’s just my way of saying it’s a “big” camera. In fact, I love its large proportions! I agree with your comments, the Koni is a much better value than the Hasselblad. Thanks for your comments and opinions, it appears that you are very experienced with the Koni Omega system, very passionate about it and I appreciate that.
Just began shooting with a Koni Omega Rapid 100… and LOVE IT. Question: Is anyone aware of or experienced with using a cold shoe mount light meter with these cameras. Would love to be able to do it! Grazie!
I got a KO with a 220 back and I’m too cheap to send $50. for a 120 back. Any thoughts on using 120 in the 220 back?
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Hi I feel your pain I’ve been there! In this case people are usually concerned with film flatness, at least that’s what I’ve always read when people use 120 film in a 220 back. I’m not sure specifically about the Koni backs but I’ve used 220 backs on Bronicas and Rollei 6000 systems and they were ok. Just have to keep shooting until you can wind the film to the end. I suspect it’s probably the same with the Koni Omega which uses a simpler system for the backs. For the first roll I’d just try a test and not take any priceless pics. Get the results and let me know I’d be interested in what happens! My guess is that you’ll be alright 😎📸👍🏻