Ah ... the 80s!

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  1. compur

    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I came across this beast while cleaning out my "junk room."

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    Back in the 1980s when auto-focus was first being applied to SLRs, some
    pretty complex designs came out of Japan. This is a Chinon CE-5 with an
    AF zoom, motor drive and data back. Look at all those buttons!

    The AF was done with the help of the "double barrel" IR sensors on the
    lens. It makes the camera so front-heavy it won't stand on its own.

    I don't even know what all those buttons do:
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    There was also a radio remote for it which I don't have:
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    Anyway, the camera didn't really catch on.

    BTW, this is not meant to criticize Chinon. They actually made some
    nice 35mm cameras that remain as very good bargains today. I
    especially like some of their early M42 cameras with Copal Square
    shutters. Among the best screw-mount cameras ever made, IMO.
    They were sold under various brand names.
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Looks like you could do your math homework with that thing :lol:

    I've got this in my collection...I don't know the age of it...but it sure screams 80s to me.
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  3. MikeBcos

    MikeBcos TPF Noob!

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    I lusted after that Chinon when it came out, being in high school though there was no way I could afford it, I was quite happy with my Konica FT1 though.

    I never liked databacks, I couldn't understand wanting writing across your photographs.
     
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    malkav41 TPF Noob!

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    The Pastel Pink definitely shreaks 80'S! And the bag is just "Tres Chic"!
     
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    rom4n301 TPF Noob!

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    OMG.. that CE-5 is beast
     
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    AtlPikMan TPF Noob!

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    I can see you now Big Mike, Hanging Out @ "The Mall" with it hung around your neck, Looking Totally Awesome...
     
  7. MikeBcos

    MikeBcos TPF Noob!

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    A quick Google shows it was introduced in 1988, as well as the pink and grey you have it came in Red and grey, in Pink and blue as a Barbie version and later in Pink, green and blue as a Spice Girls version.
     
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    Wow, you can put that right next to the Swatch phone I bought my sister for Christmas one year! Gotta love the 80's!
     
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    christopher walrath No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Whoa, Mike. I had no idea.
     
  11. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    ^
    :lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao:
    :lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao:
     
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    That Chinon is badass, compur!
     

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