KONI OMEGA RAPID-M

The original medium format wedding camera

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This is a brief history of the Koni omega camera line. In here you’ll find a company history, model history, and a description of features specific to the rapid-m model

The Koni Omega Rapid-M was from the line of cameras known as the omega series. Originally invented by the Simmons brothers (OMEGA enlargers). The rapid-m was manufactured between 1967-68, and was the premier press/portrait camera through the 1970’s and up till about 81/82.

KONI OMEGA RAPID-M

  • 4 lenses 58mm(60mm), 90mm, 135mm, 180mm (the 135mm is uncommon and difficult to find)
  • 1/500 sec shutter speed
  • 1/30 sec shutter/flash sync
  • bellows focus using extending tubes instead of soft fabric
  • rangefinder focus system
  • three cold shoe mounts on top for accessories
  • 120/220 film use depending on which back you had
  • 6x7cm negative format
  • 2 close up adapters (#1, #2, also adjusted the rangefinder to match when used)
  • sports finder accessory
  • 1/4″ and 3/8″ tripod mount sockets on bottom
  • handle bracket with shutter cable holder
  • flash bracket for graflex bulb type flashes
  • built in paralax correction

The camera actually had some ingenious safety interlocks built into it;

  • shutter won’t fire with dark slide in
  • lens or film back won’t release with dark slide in
  • shutter release button had lock function to prevent accidental trigger

The various models made were;

  1. Combat Camera PH-501/PF  
  2. Omega 120 
  3. Omega 120 KE-8 
  4. Koni-Omega Rapid 
  5. Konica Press 
  6. Koni-Omega Rapid M 
  7. Koni-Omega M 
  8. Koni-Omegaflex M 
  9. Konica Press 2 
  10. Rapid Omega 100 
  11. Rapid Omega 200 
  12. Rapid Omega 200 KE-58 (USAF designation on a modified Rapid Omega 200 for recon use)

Here are links to other resources about the koni omega
KONI OMEGA OPERATING MANUAL
HOW TO repair the film backs for the omega cameras
FLICKR! group on Koni Omega rangefinders