Canon Dial Rapid

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While the 1965 Canon Dial Rapid shares the spring-drive advance and curious meter cells of the 1963 Canon Dial 35, the later model was designed to use the Rapid film cassette system promoted by Agfa, rather than standard 35mm film. Images are evidently half-frame size[1], but unlike the Dial 35, the camera is designed to be held horizontally. The Dial Rapid has a 30mm f/2.5 lens, constructed using 5 elements in 4 groups. A reflector for AG-1 flashbulbs is included in the top plate of the camera.

In the mid-1960s, Rapid film was fighting a losing battle against the wildly-popular 126 film cartridge introduced by Kodak. The Dial Rapid was the final Rapid-film model from Canon, and is not often seen today.


  1. The 24×36 mm frame size noted in the Canon Camera Museum appears to be an error. In the available photos, a possible 24×24 mm frame size is not excluded.