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Manufactured in Japon from 1963 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Canon Demi

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Left in February 1963 to compete the PEN of Olympus, Canon Demi is a compact half-Format (negative of 18x24 mm on film 35 mm) with integrated cell. It was initially available in sleeving black, then red, white and blue (not very widespread models).

The lens is one  28 mm aperture f/2.8 (five elements in three groups). The shutter speeds extend from 1/30e with 1/250e plus B pose but they are entirely coupled with the apertures: the ring of adjustment modifies at the same time speed and the aperture, and it is not possible to select the two parameters separately, except in the case of photographs with the flash where the ring of exhibition is positioned on a small flash of lighting engraved in red and where it is possible to choose its aperture thanks to a cursor on the fronting of the lens.

The adjustment of the exposure is made by aligning an orange needle with the ring of exposure, with a fine needle coupled with cell.

There is no rangefinder on the Demi, the focusing is done manually while being based on a table of distances on the back of the body.

The Demi was replaced in September 1964 by the Demi S.
This specimen, very rare, was given by the Chairman of Canon, with the French importer, at the time of Kina of 1963.

Canon Demi