Topcon IC-1 35mm SLR - Hi Topcor 55mm f1.8

Topcon IC-1 35mm SLR - Hi Topcor 55mm f1.8


The Topcon IC-1 Auto is a 35mm SLR camera from Tōkyō Kōgaku, later Topcon. It was the successor to the Topcon Unirex, and the last Topcon camera to use the UV bayonet lens mount. The later version with a Hi Topcor 55mm F1.8 kit lens was produced between 1976 to 1978.

Unlike most cameras the aperture ring is part of the camera and not the lens. Since there is a single aperture ring, you have to set the maximum aperture of the lens you are using on a dial on the front of the camera. The camera has shutter preferred automatic operation. You set the aperture ring to auto. Select the shutter speed you want. The camera automatically selects the aperture. For manual exposure, take the aperture ring off of auto. Set shutter speed. In the viewfinder, a needle falls on the correct aperture. You then have take you eye from eyepiece and turn the aperture ring to the suggested aperture. It is not match needle metering. It takes a PX-675 1.3 volt mercury battery that is no longer made. A 1.5 volt silver oxide S-76 battery will also fit, but the manual indicates readings will be under-exposed. The owner's manual is at It refers to the IC-1. It appears the IC-1 is the same as the IC-1 Auto.

A 1973 magazine ad on eBay states in part: "the Topcon IC-1 is equipped with an integrated circuit electronically-controlled focal plane shutter. Couple this with these other superb features: a fully automatic exposure system with manual override, a thru-the-lens light metering system for center-weighted average readings at full aperture. An automatic 50mm standard Topcor lens. And all these come in an elegant everready case. Now you've got the camera that can create the photographs you want accurately, simply and fast. To take great pictures simply, set the camera on "Auto" and you're on exposure automation. Just set the shutter speed (and you've got a wide choice of seven speeds), focus and start shooting."

This camera is in good working condition with little wear except for a bit of corrosion on the outside of the battery door while the battery terminals are perfectly clean. Exposure meter is working and shutter fires properly at every speed. Comes with lens cap and one roll of our premium expired Fuji Superia 100iso colour film


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