Film Cameras

35mm Focal-Plane Shutter SLR Camera




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Marketed November 1973
Original Price 89,500 yen (w/FD 55mm f/1.4SSC)

This camera’s main feature was the first and last of its kind. It was the Copal Square, a vertical-travel, metal-curtain, focal-plane shutter.

The camera’s specifications and ease of use were ideal for aged users. Just press the shutter button for shutter speed-priority TTL automatic exposure. A silicon photocell was used for full-aperture center-weighted averaging metering. Fast shutter speeds from 1/2 sec. to 1/1000 sec. and bulb were mechanically-controlled while slow speeds from 1 sec. to 30 sec. were electronically-controlled.

Type 35mm focal-plane shutter SLR camera
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens Canon 55mm f/1.2 SSC, FD 50mm f/1.4 SSC
Lens Mount FD mount
Shutter Vertical-travel focal-plane shutter with metal curtains. X (at 1/125 sec.), B, 30, 15, 8, 4, 2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 sec. Hybrid shutter (using Copal Square) with mechanical shutter speeds from 1/2 to 1/1000 sec. and B, and electronic shutter speeds from 30 to 1 sec. Built-in self-timer (self-timer lever also functions as a stop-down lever). Multiple exposures enabled.
Flash Sync X-sync automatic-switching sync contacts with German socket and hot shoe.
Viewfinder Fixed eye-level pentaprism. 0.82x magnification, 92% vertical coverage, 93% horizontal coverage. Microprism rangefinder at center of fresnel matte screen. Metering needle, stopped-down metering index, shutter speed scale, aperture scale, overexposure and underexposure warnings provided. Mirror lockup and eyepiece shutter provided.
SPC (silicon photocell) for TTL full-aperture metering with shutter speed-priority AE or TTL stopped-down match needle manual metering (center-weighted averaging). Metering range at ISO 100 and f/1.4: EV 2 – 18. Film speed range from ISO 12 to 3200.
Power Source Two 1.3 V HD mercury cells
Film Rewind Camera-top crank.
Film Loading &
Slotted take-up spool. Advances with camera-top lever’s 120 stroke (single stroke only). Ready position at 13.
Frame Counter Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.
Film Rewind Camera-top crank.

* A red LED on the camera top blinked during battery checks, self-timer operation, and 1 sec. and slower shutter speeds.

Dimensions &
147 x 96 x 48 mm, 760 g