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8mm Movie Camera

Reflex Zoom 8

Reflex Zoom 8

Reflex Zoom 8

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Marketed October 1959
Original Price 47,700 yen

The first prototype zoom lens was developed at Canon in the early 1950s, but it was not satisfactory for engineers. Then, a new zoom lens system was developed. It had two variable magnification lens groups, which were moved by independent cams. Moreover, it was the first zoom lens with an epoch-making 4x zoom and the fastest f/1.4 lens speed at the time. This lens was developed by Dr. Keizo Yamaji, who later became the president of Canon Inc., and so this kind of lens design was called the “Yamaji type.” It became the most popular zoom lens type for movie cameras.

The body of the Zoom 8 was common with the 8-T but the Zoom 8 was equipped with this zoom lens. Although it was based on the 8-T, this camera had a single-lens reflex viewfinder with a split-image rangefinder and electric exposure meter. This was the first Canon movie camera equipped with a zoom lens, and it became very popular. It also had a detachable trigger grip.

Type Regular 8 type 8mm movie camera with built-in zoom lens
Image Size 3.7 x 4.9 mm (Projection image size 3.3 x 4.4 mm)
Film Reel type, 25 feet film (Width of film: 16 mm)
Lens Focal Length/Speed 10 – 40mm f/1.4
Zooming Ratio 4x
Focusing Manual (Front lens group rotation system), 1.5 m to infinity
Zooming Manual
Viewfinder Type Single-lens reflex type, parallax free, fixed half mirror prism
Rangefinder Split-image focusing through ground glass (Real image)
Dioptric Adjustment -3 to +2 diopter
Exposure Meter LV 6 – 17 for high-speed ISO 100 film, coupled to the lens aperture
Film Drive Filming Speed 8, 12, 16, 24, 32, 48 and 64 fps and single frame (1/25 sec.)
Driving System Spring motor for 2.3 m with one full charge
Footage Counter Automatic return to zero. Footage can be maintained.
Signal Tone At the end of one winding of motor, a warning signal sounds.
Exposure Safety Lock Also used for running lock
Shutter Shutter Opening 165 degrees
Shutter Speed 1/35 sec. (16 fps), 1/52 sec. (24 fps), 1/25 sec. (Single frame)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 57 x 137 x 193 mm
Weight 1200 g (Body only)
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