Film Cameras

35mm Lens-Shutter Half-size Rapid Camera

Demi Rapid

Demi Rapid

Demi Rapid

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Marketed June 1965
Original Price 16,000 yen, 1,200 yen (case),
300 yen (wrist strap)

In May 1964, Germany’s Agfa announced its Rapid System to compete with Eastman Kodak’s Instamatic camera system.

It used a special cartridge containing 35mm-width film. When the cartridge was loaded, the film speed was set automatically. The exposed film was also contained in an adjoining cartridge, making film rewind unnecessary. The Demi Rapid was a Rapid System half-size camera based on the Demi S. A CdS meter replaced the selenium exposure meter, and a self-timer was built-in.

Type 35mm Lens Shutter zone-focusing half-frame camera (Rapid system)
Picture Size 24 x 18 mm
Normal Lens Canon SH 30mm f/1.7 (5 elements in 4 groups)
Shutter Seiko-sha B, 1/8 to 1/500 sec. Built-in self-timer. X-sync flash.
Viewfinder Reversed Galilean viewfinder with projected frames. 0.45x magnification, 90% coverage. Toward the right on the viewfinder screen is an exposure match needle and correct exposure window (with aperture scale). Both ends have overexposure and underexposure zones coupled to exposure warnings. Viewfinder bottom has near, medium, and far distance pictographs and focusing needle coupled to the lens’ focusing ring.
Focusing Lens focusing ring to match zone focusing marks. Focusing range from 0.8 m to 15 m. Pictographs for near (1 m), medium (3 m), and far distances (15 m). Distance scale provided on focusing ring.
EE CdS element for shutter speed-priority EE. Metering range from EV 4.5 (f/1.7 & 1/8 sec.) to 17 (f/16 & 1/500 sec.) at ISO 100. Film speed range of ISO 25 – 400 (set automatically with the film cartridge).
Film Loading &
Advance
An empty Rapid cassette is loaded on the take-up side, then a cassette with unexposed film is loaded. When the camera back is closed, the film is advanced to frame 1. Each exposed frame is wound into the take-up cassette. Film is advanced with camera-top lever (145 single or partial strokes and 20 extra stroke).
Frame Counter Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.
Film Rewind None
Power Source 1.3 V HM-N mercury battery
Dimensions &
Weight
118 x 66 x 50 mm, 440 g
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