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Chinon CM-3

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


Huge size and great brightness.

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.


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


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

Thumbs down:

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

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