Film Cameras

35mm Focal-Plane Shutter SLR Camera




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Marketed October 1969
Original Price 33,000 yen (w/EX 50mm f/1.8)

* Interchangeable front lenses with hood and case: EX 35mm f/3.5 (3 elements in 3 groups, 8,000 yen),
EX 95mm f/3.5 (6 elements in 4 groups, 11,000 yen),
EX 125mm f/3.5 (7 elements in 5 groups, 18,900 yen)

This camera had unusual features such as shutter speed-priority AE, maximum-aperture TTL metering and AE, a bright aerial image viewfinder, and focal-plane shutter. The front lens element was also interchangeable.

The camera had a built-in rear lens consisting of 3 elements in 2 groups. Besides the normal EX 50mm f/1.8 lens, two other interchangeable front lens elements were available: EX 35mm f/3.5 and EX 95mm f/3.5.

Center-weighted averaging metering was incorporated for easy operation. For lenses with different maximum apertures, the f-number could be adjusted manually to compensate.

Type 35mm focal-plane shutter SLR camera
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens Canon EX 50mm f/1.8 (3 elements in 2 groups in body’s rear lens)
Lens Mount Dedicated screw mount (EX mount for interchangeable front lens element)
Shutter Two-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. X, B, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500 sec. Built-in self-timer.
Flash Sync FP- and X-sync automatic-switching sync contacts with German socket.
Viewfinder Fixed eye-level pentaprism. Microprism rangefinder at center of fresnel matte screen. Condenser lens for an aerial-image finder. 0.9x magnification (EX 50mm), 92% vertical coverage, 94% horizontal coverage. Exposure meter needle, aperture scale, and low-light warning symbol provided.
CdS cell for TTL stopped-down shutter speed-priority AE and center-weighted averaging metering at center. Manual correction of maximum aperture setting. Metering range at ISO 100 with EX 50mm f/1.8 lens: EV 4.75 – 17. Film speed range from ISO 25 to 800.
Film Loading &
Auto loading after camera back is closed. Advances with camera-top lever’s 174 stroke (partial strokes enabled). Ready position at 21.
Frame Counter Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.
Film Rewind Camera-top crank
Power Source One 1.3 V HD mercury cell
Dimensions &
143 x 92 x 84 mm, 900 g (with EX 50mm f/1.8)