THE TOP FIVE HITS
1 ChInon 35F-Ma 1979
Chinon was the first Japanese camera maker to develop an active autofocusing using near-infrared triangulation, and it made its debut on 35F-MA compact which also boasted a motorised film transport.
2 ChInon CE-4S 1980
The infrared AF system was also built-into a couple of accessory lenses for Chinon’s 35mm SLRs, including the 50mm f1.7 model shown here on the CE-4s body. The lens incorporated the bugeyed AF module, motor and the power supply so it could be used on any K-mount SLR body (but Chinon’s later CE-5 model included an in-focus indicator in the viewfinder).
3 ChInon CP-7M 1986
Chinon was never far behind any of the major developments in 35mm SLRs, the CP-7m joining the growing ranks of models in the mid-1980s with built-in autowinders.
4 ChInon CP-9 aF 1988
This was Chinon’s first and only autofocus 35mm SLR as development of its own products began to wind down in favour of OEM production for majority shareholder Kodak.
5 ChInon gEnESIS 1988
The ‘bridge’ camera star burned brightly, but briefly at the end of the 1980s and Chinon enjoyed considerable success with its Genesis series of fixed-zoom SLRs.