As part of my new year plan, I am selling most of my film cameras, but not this one. I have decided I love Chinon cameras. I love them. I love this one. I love that it is unpretentious. It is not one of the cameras on the hit list of the trend setters. It rarely or if ever comes up on lists of must have cameras. But here it is, a cracking little camera, as is the CE4.
It is light, easy to carry around all day. It looks great, a very traditional looking SLR. It is simple to use. It has manual and aperture mode with a clear viewfinder display. And it takes Pentax lenses, but the Chinon lenses are great too.
The camera has an ISO range between 25 – 3200 and takes two LR44 or SR44, which is very convenient.
I loaded it with some expired FP4 and wandered around my local area. Then rushed home to develop the film and… was disappointed. Not with the camera, but with the film. It was just so dense and grainy, something was wrong. I suspected the fixer. I developed another, different film after this and that showed the same issues. I changed the fixer after that and all was restored. As for the camera I still loved it. Here are a few shots from the weird fix film.
But I already loved the camera and wanted to try it again. So I loaded it with a roll of Arista Edu Ultra 100 and this time added a yellow filter. I headed to Sheffield for a wander with an amalgamation of two film groups I attend. I bought the film on my last trip to Japan, but after reading a couple of reviews I found out it was Foma 100 in a different package. I didn’t notice any blue tints in the chemicals, so I am not sure about that.
Anyway, walking around Sheffield was a little painful. Firstly I fell over at the station before the meeting time…twice, due to black ice. That was brilliant for my already very tender knee. Then we headed out of the back of the station which leads up a steep hill, also brilliant for my knee. For me, it was a whole new area to explore as I always go out the front of the station. Maybe I should try this tactic in the future at other stations. On this trip I was determined to take a few portraits. I used to take more when I first started out taking photos, but rarely do so now, unless it is of a member of my family.
The others in the group had the same idea and one asked a very interesting character for a photo and he said yes. I didn’t want to have the same shots as everyone else so I asked the person sitting next to him. He also said yes, Yatta! Later a group of teenagers were doing wheelies near a fountain. I had no reserves about asking them to do more so we could practice panning. They were very compliant, actually they went a little overboard.
Anyway, the camera coped beautifully the whole day and I was very pleased with the results. At one point one of the other group members asked me about it as he had noticed the red symbol on the front. He thought is was a Sony and wanted to know what film cameras Sony made, nope Chinon.
Here are some of the shots from the outing.
These are some of my favourite photos I have taken on film recently. Who needs an expensive camera 🙂 Not me…especially as I am selling them off.
10 thoughts on “Chinon CE-5”
Well daggone it now I have to have one. I love brilliant cameras that nobody knows about and thus go for cheap.
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Do it, do it…it will barely register in your pocket.
Really great photos gives away you like the camera, it’s the custom leather grip makes all the difference!
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I was tempted to make it a Beano cover or something ..then I bought a junk one to try that on.
I have to admit at some point I will look for another of these or a CE4s at the right price. You have both models, is there any practical difference?
I will have to go an look, but I don’t think so…Ok, the CE-5 has three contact points by the lens mount so maybe does autofocus with some lenses. I don’t have one..dang it.
Wikipedia says the lenses were some of the first autofocus and were powered within the lens itself. So they would be heavy and slow, so I don’t need or want one. So basically no difference then without that special lens.
Hi nice post again. I can see why you like the Chinon’s, they are just comfortable cameras to hold.. Can I suggest the Chinon CE II Memotron, what a great name!, and the Chinon CX
I will look at those…might have to sell something to get one though 🙂
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