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CHINONN 256 SXL (MCA 523)
– Chinon 256 S XL Direct sound
– Year: 1976-78
– Lens: Chinon reflex zoom 1,1 / 9 – 22,5 mm
– Microprism Focusing
– Auto / Manual Zoom
– Frame rates: 18 + single frame
– Shutter degree: 220
– Manual / Auto Exposure (Not TTL)
– Backlight Control
– Remote control socket
– Auto / Manual Recording Level Control
– 6 X 1,5V batteries
– Weight: 1600 g
– Dimensions: 22.4cm x 7.5cm x 20.9cm
– Made in Japan
Chinon Industries Inc. was a Japanese camera manufacturer. Kodak took a majority stake in the company in 1997, and made it a fully owned subsidiary of Kodak Japan, Kodak Digital Product Center, Japan Ltd. As a subsidiary, it continues to develop digital camera models.
They manufactured many cameras, such as the CG-5, which was one of the first cameras ever to use an Auto Focus lens, which had to be bought separately. The lenses are now rare. They were cumbersome and had two infra-red “eyes” on the top. They would connect by a bayonet fitting similar to the Pentax K fitting, except they also had electrical contacts which would power the motor at the press of the shutter release button.
Chinon also was a manufacturer of CD-ROM drives, scanners, electronic pocket calculators, and floppy disk drives. They even dabbled in VR with Cybershades for the PC, launched in the US market in 1995.