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REVIEW: Chinon CM-3



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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2012-11-20

Chinon CM-3

Introduced in: 1974


Technical info

Lens mount: M42 mount
Shutter: 1/1000s to 1s plus a Bulb setting
Light meter: Through the lens (ISO 25 - 1600)
Flash: X sync connection and hotshoe (sync 1/100 sec)
Weight: 615g

Takes standard 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.

Operating + Sounds
Chinon CM-3


Viewfinder:

Huge size and great brightness.

Info:
Exposure meter, three lens on the side of the viewfinder which works very well.



Shutter type:

Vertical metal blade shutter.


Build quality:

Very solid and well built.
It also have a nice feel to it.



Lenses:

Uses M42 screw mount.
You can find hole range of old nice lenses for this.


Conclusion:

Great and very funktonal and good camera.
The viewfinder is one of the best I have seen on a m42 SLR and I don't see any diffurence to this compared to my Nikon FE2.

The lightmeter works lika a more modern camera that you press the shutter botton halv way to start the lightmeter.
A problem is that you can't do this if you haven't advanced for a new frame.
So you can't just get a lightmeter unless you cock the shutter for the next frame.


Thumbs up:
Build quality and feel
Great
viewfinder
Reliable

Thumbs down:

No mirror lock
Must cock the shutter before you can get a lightmeter



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