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Is this a rangerfinder?


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I think that particular camera is an SLR. I use to see adverts for Chinon cameras in the early 80s or so in magazines (readers digest etc.). Dont know much about the company though...
You can try: http://www.chinon.co.jp/eng/index.htm

Here's the history taken from the above website:
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In September of 1997, a "new Chinon" was born when long-time partner Eastman Kodak Company became Chinon's majority shareholder by increasing its stake to 50.1%. As part of Kodak Group's global network, the new Chinon Industries Inc. has focused its superior optical, image compression, and other imaging technologies on digital camera design and development. Chinon has produced a series of innovative digital camera models for Kodak, and in October of 2000, Kodak recognized this achievement by increasing its share of Chinon to 59.02%.

Timeline: 1948
Sanshin Seisakusho established as a maker of camera lens frames and lens barrels in the city of Chino, Nagano Prefecture.
1953
Sanshin Seisakusho reorganized into a stock-holding company.
1954
Head office transferred to the city of Suwa, Nagano Prefecture.
1956
Begins manufacturing 8-mm movie camera lenses.
1959
Develops and manufactures world's first 8-mm zoom lens.
1962
Manufactures and exports own-brand 8-millimeter movie cameras to Europe and America. Company name changed to Sanshin Optics Industrial Co., Ltd.
1971
Begins manufacturing 35-mm cameras.
1973
Company name changed to Chinon Industries, Inc. Stock listed on second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
1974
First in Japan to develop and manufacture a simultaneous sound recording 8-mm movie camera.
1979
Begins manufacturing video camera lenses.
1981
First in Japan to develop a near-infrared auto focus system.
1982
Enters the emerging information device field with the development and production of information storage devices.
1983
Develops and markets world's first twin-programmed SLR camera.
1985
Begins producing 35-mm cameras for Eastman Kodak Company on an OEM basis.
1993
Begins supplying Eastman Kodak Company with digital cameras on an OEM basis.
1997
Eastman Kodak Company becomes majority shareholder. Chinon strengthens digital camera design and production operations.
1998
Digital camera production surpasses 1-million units.
1999
Digital camera production surpasses 2-million units.
2000
Digital camera production surpasses 3-million units.
2001
Digital camera production surpasses 4-million units.
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