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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.

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