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Chinon 35 F-MA Infrafocus
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Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of -. Last update 2024-06-11 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Japan from 1981 to (After) 1982.
Index of rarity in France: Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 10582

See the complete technical specifications

Chronology of cameras Chinon 

A prototype of this camera was presented to journalists at Photokina in 1980. It was static and gave little insight into the technologies used, particularly for focusing.

However, journalists were surprised by the confusion in the naming of the models from the Japanese manufacturer, which had introduced a 35 F-AM model a year earlier (note, there is a confusion in McKeown's guide), a model that had been delayed in reaching the market and was still not available at the time of the F-MA presentation.

The final version of the camera was released at the end of 1981. From the prototype presented, the series model retained the exterior appearance and the Chinonex Color 2.8/38 lens. A motor enables film loading, advancing, and rewinding. Exposure is controlled by a CdS cell. The programmed Seiko shutter allows speeds from 1/8 to 1/500 second. The viewfinder is collimated and features a red underexposure indicator diode and a green one, indicating the autofocus is functioning.

Chinon 35 F-MA


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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