The Bellami is a a compact 35mm camera from Chinon, introduced in 1980—perhaps as a response to the innovative Olympus XA. However rather than using a sliding lens cover, the Bellami has a distinctive "barn door" design (reminiscent of the Voigtländer Vitessa).
The barn door is opened by pulling out the film advance lever. Chinon also offered a dedicated S-120 flash unit.
In Europe a slightly-modified Bellami was sold by German retailer Foto-Quelle under their brand name Revue 35 CC. The subsequent 1989 Chinon Belami AF (note the single 'l') is a completely redesigned camera.
Some find the Bellami's images similar in effect to photos taken with Lomo LC-A.
|Red liimited edition|
image by Nick Hahn (Image rights)
A limited edition was also made, fitted with red suede leather. Its barn door is decorated with a horse pulling a carriage.
- Lens: Chinonex Color 35mm, f/2.8 (4 elements in 3 groups).
- Focusing: Manual scale focusing with Zone Focus Marks - 3.3ft/1m - infinity
- Shutter: SEIKO Program EE Shutter, Speeds from 1/8 to 1/1000 sec.
- Exposure Meter: Cds EE Exposure System, EV6 - 17(ASA 100), ASA25-400 (DIN 15 - 27)
- Film format: 35mm
- Film advance: Single-Stroke Manual.
- Flash: Dedicated Chinon S-120 Side Mounting
- Dust Cover: Dust cover opens and closes with the film advance lever. Meter switch is activated while the dust cover is fully opened.
- Battery Check: Built-In Green LED
- Slow Shutter Speed Warning: Built-In Red LED
- Power: Two Alkaline 1.5V LR44 or Two 1.5V Silver Oxide SR44 Batteries.
- Weight: 220g (8.8 oz.)
- view images taken by this camera, rights belong to mediageek/Paul Riismandel
- Camera Manual from butkus.org
- Lionel's Chinon Bellami overview at 35mm-compact.com (in French)
- Chinon Bellami at Sylvain Halgand's www.collection-appareils.fr (in French)