Film Cameras

35mm Lens-Shutter Camera

Canonet Junior

Canonet Junior

Canonet Junior

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Marketed April 1963
Original Price 11,800 yen, 1,500 yen (case), 200 yen (hood)

A sibling of the Canonet, this camera was conceived for compactness and operation ease. The shutter speed and aperture were set automatically, making it easy to use by anybody. The zone focusing system divided subject distances into close, medium, and far with icons. Exposure was set automatically by the EE (Electric Eye) program. The film advance used a sprocketless spool. This made the camera 10 mm less wide and 60 g lighter than the Canonet.

Type 35mm Lens Shutter, zone-focusing camera with program EE
Picture Size 24 × 36mm
Lens Canon SE40mm f/2.8 (4 elements in 3 groups)
Shutter Seiko-sha L with program. 1/30 to 1/250 sec. and B. X-sync flash. German socket on camera front.
Viewfinder Reversed Galilean viewfinder with projected frames. 0.55x magnification. Shutter speed scale and match needle window (coupled to external window and flash mark) at viewfinder bottom. Right of viewfinder has three zone focusing marks and moving needle coupled to lens draw.
Exposure Meter
and EE
Selenium photocell coupled to program. Metering range of EV 7 – 17, f/2.8 & 1/30 sec. to f/22 & 1/250 sec. (at ISO 100). Film speed range of ISO 10 – 200.
Film Loading &
Advance
After opening camera back, insertion onto spool. Advances with camera-top lever (210° single stroke).
Frame Counter Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.
Film Rewind Camera-top crank
Dimensions &
Weight
130 x 79 x 36 mm, 640 g
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