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Chinon CG-5

Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-05-13

Chinon CG-5

Introduced in: 1980

Technical info

Lens mount: Pentax K (PK)
Shutter speeds: 1/1000s to 4s (about 8s in auto)
Light meter: Through the lens, center weighted (ISO 25 - 3200)
Battery: two 1.5v SR44 or one 3v equivalent (Only for the light meter)
Flash: Hot shoe + PC sync (sync 1/60 sec)
Weight: 485g

Double exposure
Depth of field button
Lock exposure button in auto

Takes standard 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.

Operating + Sounds
Chinon CG-5


Great size and brightness.

Exposure meter
LED light from 1/1000 to 1s then also a over and under.

Shutter type:

Focal plane
Vertical metal blade.

Electronic controlled.

Build quality:

Quite good but much af the exterior is plastic
So not the best feel to it.


Quite like this one and have most things I look for in a SLR.
Good auto and manual shutter control for example.

But it's plasticky and lack any mirror lock or
The mirror don't go up first when you use the self-timer.

The shutter button is also placed a bit further from the cameras edge than usually.
Don't feel 100% natural and one with small hand might find this to be a problem.

But overall a nice camera with great value.
These can usually be found very cheap.

Thumbs up:
Good auto and manual shutter control

Very reliable

Thumbs down:

Plasticky / feel
No mirror lock or equivalent

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