The Canon Demi is a 35mm half-frame viewfinder camera with a very high quality production standard. It was launched in 1963. It offers easy operations without the use of batteries, the lightmeter is a selenium cell.
Users can choose from symbols on the focus ring to determine distance from the subject. The outer ring is designed to operate a combination of aperture and shutterspeed.
By looking at the needle of the lightmeter, the photographer can match the second needle by turning the outer ring. The camera then uses a combination between f/2.8 and 1/30 sec and f/22 and 1/250 sec. for ideal exposure.
It was sold as a kit with a softcase, wrist strap and lenscap. There was a small flash available which uses AG or PH bulbs, the Canon J-3.
- Canon SH 28mm f/2.8 lens
- 5 elements / 3 groups
- Kepler viewfinder with 4 lenses and 3 prisms
- shutter range 1/30 - 1/250 sec. and B (bulb)
- aperture range f/2.8 - f/22
- lightmeter range EV6 - EV17
- ASA 10- 400
- X flash contact
- focusring with portrait/group/landscape position
- size 115x68x37 mm
- weight 380 gr.
- Canon Demi manual at Butkus' OrphanCameras.com
- Canon Demi page at the Canon Camera Museum
- Canon Demi by Henry Taber at kyophoto.com via Internet Archive: The Wayback Machine