Film Cameras

35mm Lens-Shutter Camera

Bell & Howell Auto 35 / 28

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Marketed January 1969
Original Price For export only ( no Japanese price)

Based on the Canonet 28, this camera was made for Bell & Howell which was Canon’s distributor in America at the time. The camera had Bell & Howell’s needle-aligning delta rangefinder which employed a triangulation system. The lens was then focused by aligning another needle at the moving needle’s position. It was a simple rangefinder system.

Since the rangefinder used a triangulation system, it was called a delta rangefinder.

Type 35mm Lens-Shutter camera with match-needle delta rangefinder and program EE. (With the delta rangefinder, the camera has to be aimed at the lower part of the subject [the feet of a person]. The camera’s tilt angle causes a metal ball to move. The ball’s still position is used as part of the triangulation system to measure the subject distance. A moving needle is positioned accordingly. Simple match-needle rangefinder coupled to the lens draw.)
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens Canon Lens 40mm f/2.8 with distance scale in feet only.
Shutter Seiko LA, EV 8 (f/2.8 at 1/30 sec.) – 17 (f/22 at 1/250 sec.), X-sync, automatic flash, hot shoe for AG-1
Viewfinder Reversed Galilean viewfinder with projected frames and parallax correction marks. On the right within the image area are zone marks for near, medium, and far focusing distances, and delta rangefinder match needle. Focusing mark in image area. Viewfinder bottom has underexposure warning and shutter speed scale. 0.6x magnification.
EE Selenium photocell for full-auto program EE. Metering range of EV 8 – 17 (at ISO 100). Film speed range of ISO 25 – 400.
Film Loading &
After opening camera back, insertion onto slotted spool. Advances with camera-top lever’s 127° single stroke.
Frame Counter Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.
Film Rewind Camera-top crank
Dimensions &
134 x 79 x 59 mm, 520 g