Sometimes an SLR is just a bit too serious. It seems to impose an obligation to take a ‘photograph’, when sometimes you simply want the ability to take a ‘snap’. Enter the Chinon Belami AF.
Chinon Point & Shoot
This is a review of the Chinon Auto 2001 & Kodak VR35 K14 – the Kodak VR35 K14 is a rebranded and slightly tweaked Chinon 2001.
It was apparent that the 80’s was the decade that automobile manufacturers shifted their design philosophy. Every car then was starting to adopt design principles that advocate accentuated straight lines and bold shape to create a futuristic appearance. Who could forget the striking design of the DeLorean car from “Back to the Future”? If you are an analog shooter who admires the design of this car then look no further than the Kodak VR35 K14 and the Chinon Auto 2001 These two cameras were introduced in the 1980’s, bearing a distinctive aesthetic that perfectly embody the 1980s design principles.
Like many camera hoarders who visit the annual Photography show at the NEC in Birmingham in the UK each year, I find myself irresistibly drawn to the Disabled Photographers Society stand. This year was no exception, and though I had already decided that I wasn’t going to spend a huge amount on dozens of old film cameras, they are a charitable organisation so spending a little would be ok… perhaps even charitable. On the day my usual urge to throw everyone else around the stand out of the way and pillage the analogue treasures before me was to my mind at least commendably restrained, and I eventually only walked away with a couple of purchases (*cough* nine *cough*).
This is a camera review and a birth story. Yes, you read that right.
Chinon was a camera and movie camera lens manufacturer famous from its long line of film SLRs that uses either the Pentax K-mount or the universal M42 mount. What they also had was a bunch of point and shoot cameras. Introducing the Chinon 35 FS-II.
Well this is my Chinon Auto 3001. A fellow film camera enthusiast was selling a part of his film camera collection few months ago on facebook and this camera was there. I liked the fact that the lens is a 35mm at f2.8 and as I was looking for a decent point and shoot to …