Film Cameras

35mm Lens-Shutter Camera

Canon A35 Datelux (Nighter)

A35 Datelux

A35 Datelux

  • Japan
  • Americas
  • Europe, Asia, Oceania
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Marketed October 1977
Original Price 36,300 yen, 2,500 yen (case)

Canon’s first camera featuring a built-in flash. On the front of the camera, the flash was on the upper right corner. When necessary, the user could pop-up the flash manually. The flash would then start charging. The flash retracted manually. The camera used the CAT System which set the flash aperture automatically according to the subject distance, film speed, and flash output.

The camera had a coincidence rangefinder for focusing, fully automatic program EE, and date imprinting (the mechanism was in the lens barrel like the Datematic). When the shutter button is pressed halfway after the film advances, the date is displayed at the bottom center of the viewfinder. (The date is imprinted on the lower right corner of the picture.)In Japan, the camera was nicknamed “Nighter” which refers to night baseball games.

Type 35mm Lens-Shutter rangefinder camera with program EE, date imprinting (year, month, day), and built-in flash
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Lens 40mm f/2.8 (5 elements in 4 groups)
Shutter Pario mechanically controlled shutter. EV 9 (f/2.8 at 1/60 sec.) – 17 (f/20 at 1/320 sec.) at ISO 100. Built-in mechanical self-timer.
Viewfinder Coincidence rangefinder integrated with reversed Galilean viewfinder. Parallax correction with projected frames and correction marks. On the right within the image area are the aperture scale and meter needle, battery check position, overexposure and underexposure warnings. Date imprinting position displayed at viewfinder bottom center. 0.51x magnification, 82.7% vertical coverage, 85% horizontal
EE CdS cell for full-auto program EE. Metering range of EV 9 – 17 (at ISO 100). Film speed range of ISO 25 – 400.
Power Source Two 1.35 V H-D mercury cell. Battery check provided. One 1.5 V size-AA battery for the built-in flash.
Built-in Flash Guide No. 12 (at ISO 100). Manual pop-up. Fully automatic with Canon Auto Tuning System (CATS) which automatically sets the proper flash aperture for the subject distance and film speed.
Film Loading &
Slotted take-up spool. Advances with camera-top lever’s 130° single stroke (partial strokes not enabled). Ready position at 15°.
Frame Counter Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.
Film Rewind Camera-top crank
Dimensions &
122 x 75 x 61 mm, 540 g