35mm ultra compact cameras
Chinon Auto GL-S
a very basic compact camera, focus free. I
got it for next to nothing, so I tested it
nevertheless. It was launched in the early 1990s. There are different
versions, including a date version of the GL series, a similar II and even
a focussing version. Its main features are:
F4.5 focus-free lens, 3 elements in 3 groups, only 2 apertures, F4.5 and
F8 min. focus 1.3m Shutter speed
119x70x45, Weight 237 gr.
Limited DX code for ISO 100 - 400 (only 2 contacts), auto wind, rewind via
switch, AE, self-timer
view. Flash OK lamp and mecanical film counter.
Viewer and exposure warning lamp.Rewind switch. Film type window.
from above. Just a shutter button and a self-timer.
from below. Battery compartment (takes a CR123 battery).Tripod socket.
No button for flash. Flash guide no. is 10/100 ISO.
camera is incredibly basic. You slide it open and push the shutter,
that's all. There are no features except self-timer. The only automatic
decision the camera does is between 2 apertures and flash on. The camera
fixed focus lens. No night photos with only one shutter speed. Point and