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Chinon 35 EE
France Version française
Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by JPG. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2024-06-11 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Japan from 1976 to (After) 1979.
Index of rarity in France: Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 10580

See the complete technical specifications

Chronology of cameras Chinon 

The Chinon 35 EE was a big success for Chinon.

It is a small rangefinder camera with a Chinonex Color 2.7/38 mm lens that delivers good results. It features a small CDS cell above the lens. Its automation offers shutter speed/aperture combinations from 1/30 to 1/650. The viewfinder is collimated with a parallax correction marker and indications for the shutter speed/aperture combination. The rangefinder image is large and well-contrasted. Rectangular in shape, it is tinted yellow.

The model appeared around 1972. The first generation can be recognized by its plate marked Chinon 35 EE, glued near the front window of the rangefinder. Cameras from this generation are either black or metallic in color. The advance lever is metallic, as is the self-timer lever.

With the release of the Chinon 35 EE-II (circa 1977), the Chinon 35 EE underwent some changes. In this second generation, the plate was removed, and the inscription Chinon 35 EE was painted directly near the rangefinder window. The top cover is no longer flat but has a small step near the shutter button, which better integrates the hot shoe. The advance lever was modified, and a plastic tip was added to make it more comfortable to use.

There is a model with the characteristics of the second generation, but with a plate glued lower than on the first generation models. This can be seen in the 1977 Sears catalog, indicating that it is a short-lived version from the beginning of the second generation.

The Chinon 35 offers the same features, except it lacks the rangefinder.

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This small rangefinder compact is reminiscent of the Konica C35.

When it was released, its price was 13,900 yen.

Chinon 35 EE



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In 1970, Chinon was still only a subcontractor for other camera brands. It was only around 1972 that the first cameras were marketed under the Chinon brand. At that time, it was easy to follow a naming logic for the first models:

EE = Electronic Eye
F = Flash
A = Autofocus
M = Motor

    Year Focusing Flash Motor DX

35 EE 1972 Rangefinder No No No
35 c. 1977 Manual
35 EE-II c. 1977 Rangefinder
35 F-EE 1978 Manual Yes
35 F-A 1978 Autofocus
35 F-M 1980 Manual Yes
35 F-MA intrafocus 1980 Autofocus
35 F 1982 Manual No
35 FS 1982 Manual
35 F-II 1984 Fixfocus
35 FS-II   1984 Fixfocus Yes
35 FS-A   1984 Autofocus
35 FA Super 1985 Yes No
35 FA II 1985  

With the 35 FX III, Chinon reached the limits of its naming logic. Despite being called 34, this model no longer has anything in common with its predecessors.





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