Canon 35MC



This is the third Canon 35MC that I have bought, the first two were really cheap off that auction site, neither of them worked very well, but I managed to make one goodish one out of the two, and was impressed enough with the lens quality to buy another from a dealer for £19.00 ($25.25 – 21.65 euro) The only thing amiss the dealer informed me was that the detachable flash wasn’t working, I have a working unit from one the others, not that I’m likely to use it. The camera looks brand new, with no signs of use. It needs two AAA batteries to work, at least these are easy to get. You set the film speed manually, there is a choice of, 64 – 100 – 200 – 400 – 1000 ASA, film loading and rewinding are automatic. The lens is a 35mm f2.8, 4 elements in 4 groups and focuses from 3 ft (0.9m) to infinity. It’s a clam-shell design so you slide the front cover (a la Olympus XA’s) to switch on the camera. The viewfinder shows the autofocus frame and a zone focus indicator which only registers the distance after you have taken the shot ! The automatic shutter runs from 1/8sec to 1/500sec, there is also a slow shutter speed warning lamp. The wind on motor is a bit noisy, typical of it’s era. What I like about it is the quality of the lens and it fits easily in a jacket/trouser pocket.

Loaded it up with some Fomapan 400 and took on a PhotoBuddies walk. I developed the film in Kodak D76 1-1.

Student Accommodation
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Great Central
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I remember catching a train from here to go to Nottingham Victoria when I was a lad in the 1960’s. The old Station building is being restored, and the area opposite is being developed (more student accommodation !!!!) and a Hotel.

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Not Sure What This Is
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But I liked it.


13 thoughts on “Canon 35MC

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  2. Dan James

    I had one of these and got some excellent results… But really no better than any other of the many SureShots Canon made from about 1980 for the next 10 years plus. The only advantage is it’s a bit smaller.

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    1. conspicari Post author

      thank you, they are new student apartments, nearly everything that is being built in the city are apartments, not sure who’s going to live in them, but someone must be making money ! Fomapan 400 is not bad, especially in brightish light. I find it looks best for me developed in Kodak D76 or Ilford ID11.

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      1. Shminke

        Fomapan 400 was my first film I’ve ever developed (it was a year ago, not long ago 🙂 ). It was spoiled by the light which came in the camera from somewhere. I didn’t manage to fix the problem. In the end I taped camera almost anywhere 😀 but the problem still was. Although, it doesn’t look like it’s a problem with curtains. So I haven’t got an impression about this film.

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