Chinon CE-4

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Chinon CE-4

Maker: Chinon

Dates: cca. 1980

Variants: black, CE-4s

Camera Type: 35mm SLR

Focusing: manual


Lens mount: Chinon Universal Bayonet Mount (Pentax K-mount)

Shutter: Seiko MFC electromagnetic focal plane, vertical, metal
from 8s to 1/1000

Exposure meter: TTL, open aperture,
center weighted by two silicon blue photo cells. EV -2-19

Exposure modes: aperture priority, manual, Bulb

ASA/ISO range: 25 to 3200 ISO

Finder screen: fixed split-screen

Flash shoe: fixed hot shoe, contact for dedicated flash

Flash speed: 1/60

TTL Flash: no

Motor drive: Chinon Power Winder

Battery: 3 ×1.5V Alkaline (LR44, A76) or
3 ×1.5V silver oxide (SR44, S76, G-13)

Weight: 485g

Number produced: unknown

The Chinon CE-4 was the model which transitioned away from the 42mm screw mount used in the Chinon CE-3 to the Pentax K-mount. It's an automatic 35mm SLR compact camera with aperture priority exposure system (AE).

CE4s

Chinon CE-4s specifications

Same specifications as for Chinon CE-4, but with with the following changes:

  • Shutter speeds: stepless speeds from 8 to 1/1000 sec. on automatic; 13 speeds from 4 to 1/1000 sec. on manual for CE4, but stepless speeds from 4 to 1/2000 sec. on automatic; 13 speeds from 2 to 1/2000 sec. on manual for CE-4s.
  • Viewfinder: Over exposure LED blinks and under exposure LED will glow when exposure is -2EV and will flash at-2EV or lower for CE4, but over exposure LED blinks and under exposure LED will glow when exposure is -2EV and will flash at-2EV or lower for CE-4s. The CE-4s added a "Judas window" to show the lens aperture in the viewfinder.
  • Exposure range: EV-2 (F/1.4 @ 8 sec.) to EV+ 19 (F/22 @1000) ASA 100 50mm F/1.4 lens for CE4, but EV-1 (F/1.4 @ 4 sec.) to EV+ 20 (F/22 @2000) ASA 100 50mm F/1.4 lens for CE-4s.

The Agfa Selectronic 3 - made from 1980, by Chinon for Agfa - was based on this camera, but had an outwardly different appearance, and altered functional specification.


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