image by Nicodemus Roger (Image rights)
The Revueflex 5005 (and its counterpart the Revueflex 4004 bundled with a slower f/1.7 lens) were sold by Foto-Quelle, and are among the few autoexposure cameras to work with universal 42mm screw lenses. A halfway press of the shutter release stops down the lens for metering; and after confirming the shutter speed value indicated by a viewfinder needle, the user continues pressing until the shutter trips.
As with the manual-exposure Revueflex 2002 & 3003 these were manufactured by Chinon but distinctively restyled for private-label sale. The tall, boxy pentaprism housing and the dimpled control rings are the distinctive styling elements. The 5005 is derived from the Chinon CE II Memotron; but aside from the styling differences it omits the AE lock button or the viewfinder eyepiece blind (offering a simple plastic cap instead).
The electronically-timed shutter requires power from a largish 6 volt (4SR44) silver-oxide battery, without which only the mechanical 1/90th second "X" speed operates. Pressing the shutter release lights an LED alongside the eyepiece indicating sufficient battery for auto-exposure operation.
- Shutter speds: B, 1s, 1/2s, 1/4s, 1/8s, 1/15s, 1/30s, 1/60s, 1/125s, 1/250s, 1/500s, 1/1000s, 1/2000s, Auto, X
- metal focal plane shutter, hybrid mechanical and electronic
- ASA: 25 - 3200
- Flash sync: 1/90s, contacts for X and FP sync as well as hot shoe
- shutter speeds visible in viewfinder
- shutter lock
- multiple exposure provision
- self timer
A model sold in the US market based on this same Chinon design is the Argus CR-3E.
|Top view of Revueflex 5005,|
note eyepiece cap
image by Johannes Hromadka (Image rights)