Film Cameras

35mm Focal-Plane Shutter SLR Camera

Canonflex RM

Canonflex RM

Canonflex RM

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Marketed April 1962
Original Price 69,000 yen (w/R58mm f/1.2)
49,500 yen (w/R50mm f/1.8)

Although this camera belongs to the Canonflex series, it was developed as an entirely different model.

Although it used the same body shell as the Canonflex, the pentaprism was set very low, giving the body a unique shape. The top cover looked high, and the film advance lever fitted stylishly into a slot on the top cover. Coupled to the large shutter speed dial was the built-in selenium exposure meter which indicated the proper aperture. Following the Konica F in 1960, the Canonflex RM was Japan’s second SLRcamera to feature a built-in exposure meter. The RM’s meter was based on the same concept as the Canon 7’s built-in meter. A built-in exposure meter was deemed as essential for taking good pictures.

Type 35mm focal-plane shutter single-lens reflex camera
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens Canon R58mm f/1.2, R50mm f/1.8
Lens Mount Bayonet mount with three outer lugs
Shutter Two-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. Single-axis non-rotating dial for X, B, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, and 1/1000 sec. Equipped with built-in self-timer and shutter button lock.
Flash Sync FP- and X-sync (automatic-switching sync contacts, X-sync speed of 1/55 sec., and bayonet terminal socket on camera side).
Viewfinder Fixed eye-level pentaprism. 0.8x magnification (R50 mm), 0.9x magnification (R58 mm), 92% vertical coverage, 94% horizontal coverage. Three screens provided: Split-image rangefinder with 5mm circle at center, split-image rangefinder with diffraction grating, and special all-Fresnel matte screen.
Built-in
Exposure Meter
Built-in selenium photocell meter for aperture reading coupled to the shutter speed dial. Metering range at ISO 100: EV 6 – 17. Film speed range of ISO 10 – 800.
Film Loading &
Advance
After opening camera back, insertion onto spool. Advances with recessed lever (120 single stroke).
Frame Counter Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened. 1.5x loupe provided
Film Rewind Collapsible crank
Dimensions &
Weight
145 x 92 x 47 mm, 940 g (body)
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