Japan: CHINON: 1966-1989:

Chinon was among the less innovative Japanese brands, but sold quite some cameras throughout the world in their own name or in others. They were more or less official producers for many others brands during their time, which lasted from 1966 (Chinonflex TTL) till they were bought by Kodak, Japan in 2004. Their PP SLR production, however, ended around 1989 with the Chinon CP-9 AF. After that, they produced "bridge cameras" like the Gemini series into the 90's, before mass producing compact digital 35 cameras for Kodak and others.
Chinon was probably the second biggest producer for other brands, after Cosina. Among the brands they made were GAF, Revue, Argus, Prinz, plus some for Ricoh and some for Alpa! And the list is probably very much longer. (But many Chinon cameras were made by Cosina, according to the Cosina list!)
Chinon CS of 1976. A sturdy, well working camera. CS stands for Chinon Screw, as the mount was of Praktica/Pentax M42 type.
A Auto Chinon 55/1,7 lens. Sn. 436489.
Another classic layout. Very much looking like the Cosina standard camera.

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Bosse | Svar 25.09.2019 23:31

Hi,
Thanks for your remarks. However, I stand by my phrase "among the less innovative brands" when describing Chinon.
Regards

Kevin MacNutt | Svar 25.09.2019 22:58

I would not consider Chinon to be completely devoid of innovation. The CS Memotron was advanced with, Aperture Priority, 1/2000 shutter speed and AE-L in 1974.

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17.05 | 21:29

Hi Paul,
Very rare. Not many are sold. A bad copy was sold a while ago for 1000$. Yours could double that - to the right buyer. How on earth did you get two?

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17.05 | 17:08

I Have 2 spectacular copies (almost flawless) of the Asahi Pentar K cameras with matching auto Takumar lenses, cases and lens caps. Any idea on value? Thanks!

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16.05 | 11:13

Hi,
The SuperTakumar 50 1,4 of '64 had a protruding rear glass. Asahi changed the mirror box of the SV to allow the new lens, and the green R shifted to red.

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16.05 | 10:17

Hi,
There are two S-models on eBay at the moment. They are for sale for around 1000$ with either one rare lens or more lenses. Price depends on condition.

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