Post by belgiumreporter on Apr 17, 2021 12:11:59 GMT -5
Found this little beauty in one of the boxes in the attic. It's a 1966 canon demi EE17. This is the penultimate version of Canons "Demi" point and shoot range wich started in 1963 and ended in 1968 with the EE28.
These half frame cameras saw the light of day as a means to cut on the film cost wich was an issue in the early sixties as then color film was quite expensive. This of course was only half the solution (no pun intended) as the 72 (color) prints wich came out of a 36 roll still were full price.
The Demi is able to produce great results with its 30mm1.7 lens the only problem being it is zone focus (no range finder) wich can be tricky with the shallow dept of field when the lens is wide open...
These Demi's weren't the only half frame cameras back then as just about every make had diffrent half frame models in their range. Nikon even had a half frame range finder, the extremely rare S3M. By the end of the sixties the half frame craze died out only to re-appear in the late eighties as the APS system wich was just another disasterous attempt to replace the common 35mm film. In the digital age there's the DX size sensors, but that's another story.
The Demi EE17
Compared to the canonet G-III 17