Film Cameras

35mm Lens-Shutter Half-size Rapid Camera

Dial Rapid

Dial Rapid

Dial Rapid

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

Another Rapid System half-size camera. It features the Dial 35’s spring motor-driven film transport system and CdS photocells. The SE 30mm f/2.5 lens was newly developed with 5 elements in 4 groups.

The Rapid System was soon eclipsed by Kodak’s hugely popular Instamatic cameras. The Dial Rapid camera became Canon’s last Rapid System model and the development of a successor was postponed indefinitely.

Type 35mm Lens Shutter zone-focusing half-frame camera (Rapid system) with automatic film advance via spring motor knob
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens Canon SH 30mm f/2.5 (5 elements in 4 groups)
Shutter Seiko-sha 1/30 to 1/500 sec. and B. Built-in self-timer (rotating dial). X-sync flash. AG-1 Bulb-dedicated flash gun provided on camera top.
Viewfinder Reversed Galilean viewfinder with projected frames. 0.43x magnification, 90% coverage. Viewfinder screen has aperture display, overexposure and underexposure warnings, and near, medium, and far distance pictographs.
Focusing Zone focusing marks and rotating front lens. From 0.8 m to 15 m (infinity).
EE CdS element for shutter speed-priority EE. Metering range from EV 8 to 17 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 automatically with the spring motor knob. Each exposed frame is wound into the take-up cassette. The fully-wound spring motor enables film advance for 24 consecutive frames (1 roll).
Frame Counter Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.
Film Rewind None
Power Source 1.3 V HM-N mercury cell
Dimensions &
Weight
113 x 80 x 49 mm, 395 g
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