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Chinon Auto 3001 | by Paulo J Moreira
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Chinon Auto 3001

You know that I have a soft spot for obscure and weird cameras. This Chinon fits the bill perfectly, I couldn't find any technical information about it, save for an article in the NY Times.


The thing is bricky, big, features the capsule design so dear to Olympus. The advantage of being big is that you get a relatively big viewfinder, The lens is a 35/2,8 (note that Chinonex has gone), possibly of the Tessar type, but I am not shure. The camera is historical because it was the world's first multi-beam autofocus camera, meaning that you don´t have to aim dead centre to focus correctly. Yep, this Chinon is smart enough to detect who you want to be focused in the picture. For difficult situations there is spot AF button.

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Taken on February 23, 2014