Camera Speed Dating – Canon Demi

Those that know Nicole and I know that we have what appears to be an on going camera acquisition problem. To remedy this but continue to try out ALL of the cameras we have decided to start borrowing cameras from our fellow camera enthusiasts instead of trying to purchase or hoard them all to ourselves. Not all are winners though and some are just easier or more fun to use but you have to shoot with them first to find out! Thus, we decided if we run a roll through every camera we are interested in, not unlike going on a 5 minute date with a bunch of strangers at a singles night, we can quickly see which are worthy of being added to our collection (or put on our list of “must haves.”) Camera speed dating!

Here is most recent camera I had the pleasure of a quick date with…the Canon Demi 35mm half-frame. 

A bit of info about the Canon Demi…first introduced in 1963, in an effort to compete with the Olympus Pen, Canon brought out it’s first half-frame 35mm camera. Not long after it’s original introduction Canon also brought out the Demi in red, white and blue. Though they were soon discontinued. It has a nice little fixed 28mm f/2.8 lens with manual focus and a match needle selenium exposure meter. It’s compact size and light weight makes it a very convenient everyday camera. I was happily surprised by the accuracy of it’s light meter still and very please how well it read in mixed sun/shadow. It occasionally didn’t do great in lower light conditions but other wise I really love this little camera! I find the light meter reading on the top kind of interesting, though at first a bit difficult to remember where it’s located. Once you get used to doing a sort of waist level light reading and then holding the camera up to take the photo, it is kind of a fun process. It is only distance focus too, not a rangefinder and that of course can take some getting used to, but for the most part it is pretty accurate…(or I am?)

The below photos are from two different rolls from the Demi, because I love it so much I’ve shot with it a few times since getting it. It’s a great camera to carry with me at all times in my bag and you get alot of bang for your buck too with the half-frame size. The first four photos are shot on expired Fuji Superia 400 X-TRA the rest are shot on expired Fuji Pro 400H.


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