BELL & HOWELL/Canon Demi
Canon made agreements with BELL & HOWELL to sell several of their cameras
in the US. The Canon Demi was just one. All the features of the BELL &
HOWELL/Canon Demi were the same as the Canon Demi,
except that the front name-plate said "BELL & HOWELL/CANON". It
had a 28mm (f2.8-22) manually-focusing lens (5 elements in 3 groups).
Shutter speeds of B, 1/30 - 1/250. It had a selenium meter, with
a match-needle system (readout on top of camera) that set the shutter speed
and aperture at the same time by turning a single ring on the front of the
lens. At f2.8 the shutter speed is 1/30, at f22 the speed is 1/250.
The settings could be made manually -- disregarding the meter -- but
you were stuck with the combination of f-stop and shutter speed that it gave
you as you turn the ring. This exposure setup was used by several other
half-frame cameras, such as the Soviet Agat 18. At the B and FLASH
(1/30) settings, the f-stop could be set independently of the shutter speed.
The camera also had a PC contact, but no built-in shoe. Focus
detents at 1 m, 3 m, and 15 m. The lens shows distance icons instead of numbers,
however a scale on the back of the camera translates the icons into numbers.
Close-focusing to 0.8 m. Film speed range of ISO 10 - 400.
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