The original Canon Canonet 28 viewfinder camera was launched in 1968.
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The later Canonet 28 35mm rangefinder camera is a cheaper consumer version of the famous Canonet QL17. The lens is a fixed 40mm f/2.8 Canon lens. It has fully programmed auto exposure with shutter speeds from 1/30 to 1/600 (shown by the meter's needle in the viewfinder), and manual control of f-stops for flash (f2.8-f16). The film speed range for auto exposure is from 25 to 400 ASA. It uses a Copal leaf shutter and has a coupled rangefinder. It was made in Taiwan.
The Canonet 28 was featured in the 2011 film, 'I Am Number Four'. This instantly made the camera a lot more desirable. It is described as having 'cool light leaks' that affects the photo in an interesting way.
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This Canonet was marketed from 1971 to 1976, and was one of the latest heavyweight compact cameras. By the late '70s, camera construction had begun a rapid change from metals to plastics.
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- Type: rangefinder camera
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Year of launch: 1971
- Film: 35mm with speeds 25 to 400 ASA
- Lens: 1:2.8/40mm (5 elements in 4 groups)
- Shutter: programmed shutter with speed/aperture combination 1/30 sec./1:2.8 to 1/620 sec./1:14.5
- Aperture: automatically or manually, 1:2.8 to 1:16
- Viewfinder: bright frame finder with 0.6× magnification, superimposed coupled rangefinder, shutter speed control meter scale and parallax marks
- Metering: CdS photo cell above the lens within the filter ring (EV 8 to 17 at film speed ASA 100). The shutter is locked when the meter indicates over- or under-exposure
- Battery: 1.35 V battery type PX625
- Film advance: Lever, exposure counter, rewind unlock button, and rewind crank
- Flash: hot shoe with second contact allows usage of Canolite D flash in automatic exposure mode. Other types of flashes may need an adapter and can be used only with 1/30 sec. shutter speed with manual aperture setting
- Dimensions 125×75×61mm
- Weight: 550g
- Photoethnography's Canonet 28 page
- the other Martin Taylor's Canon 28
- Lionel's Canon New Canonet 28 overview at 35mm-compact.com
- Canon Canonet 28 at Sylvain Halgand's www.collection-appareils.fr
- Canon Canonet 28 on Interno in bakelite
- User Manual on Kar Yan Mak & Henry Taber's kyphoto.com
- User Manual on Mike Butkus' site