Chinon CP-9AF

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The Chinon CP-9AF Multi Program camera is a fully equipped SLR made in Japan, it was introduced in 1988.

This model has the Pentax mount and is compatible with Pentax K, KA, KAF and RK (Ricoh) lenses, although with some restrictions on the program AE mode. The standard lens for the CP-9AF is the Chinon 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 with macro mode. As an accessory a 70-210mm lens was available as well as an info-back and 2 dedicated flashes: the AF-S120 and the AF-S280. As shown in the pictures, the small AF-S120 flash works like a pop-up flash and is being charged by the camera battery, it does not have it's own power source and therefore cannot be used on other cameras.


It has a very wide range of exposure modes:

  • Normal program AE
  • Action program
  • Creativity program
  • Aperture priority
  • Auto bracketing AE
  • Manual exposure
  • Bulb time (programmable)
  • Flashmatic
  • TTL flash


Technical specifications: (from original manual)

  • electromagnetically controlled focal plane shutter
  • stepless speeds in AE mode from 8-1/2000, 15 steps in Manual mode, plus B. Bulb mode can be set between 1 second and 90 minutes.
  • ISO range 25-5000, DX automatic setting, manual setting possible
  • TTL center weighed average metering with 2 silicon photo diodes
  • flash control: TTL direct metering auto adjusting strobe system (AF-S280 and AF-S120)
  • flash sync speed from 1/60- 1/100 sec, depending on light value
  • multiple exposure switch for unlimited exposures
  • motorized film advance and rewind
  • continuous shooting at 2.5 frames per second
  • EV compensation from -4 to +4 in 1/2 steps
  • self timer from 10 seconds to 90 minutes
  • interval timer from 1 second to 90 minutes
  • uses 1 6V 2CR5 battery or 4 1.5V AA-type batteries
  • WxHxD = 150 x 90 x 50mm
  • weight 545gr.


Chinon CP-9AF Multiprogram
images by René Maly (Image rights)