Vintage camera collection – Chinon 35EE rangefinder

I’ve bought quite a few small 35mm rangefinder cameras lately, and this is the newest one I’ve acquired – a Chinon 35EE.

This camera was made about 1976 by Chinon and was also available as a Vivitar 35EE and was sold by Dixons in the UK as a Prinz 35E. It is a fully automatic exposure, small rangefinder camera of a type very common in the 1970’s. In many ways it is very similar to the Minolta Hi-Matic F which I posted about earlier in the week, having much the same feature set and being very similar in size.

One big difference is the amount of information in the viewfinder – whereas the Minolta Hi-Matic had only a single light if the shutter speed fell below the safe level for hand held exposure, the Chinon shows the aperture which the camera has selected with over and under exposure markers. Although the information level is different however, there is still not much that can be done if you are not happy with the exposure chosen!

Chinon 35EE Specs

  • Chinon 35EE 35mm rangefinder camera
  • Chinonex 38mm f/2.7 lens
  • Auto exposure + B time
  • Shutter 1/30 to 1/650 (as found on internet search)
  • Self timer
  • Range-finder focusing
  • Hot shoe accessory socket
  • Sync socket
  • Guide number flash setting
  • 25 to 500 asa film speed
  • Single mercury cell (PX675) exposure system
  • Light cell within filter ring






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