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Although this camera belongs to the Canonflex series, it was developed as an entirely different model.

Although it used the same body shell as the Canonflex, the pentaprism was set very low, giving the body a unique shape. The top cover looked high, and the film advance lever fitted stylishly into a slot on the top cover. Coupled to the large shutter speed dial was the built-in selenium exposure meter which indicated the proper aperture. Following the Konica F in 1960, the Canonflex RM was Japan’s second SLRcamera to feature a built-in exposure meter. The RM’s meter was based on the same concept as the Canon 7’s built-in meter. A built-in exposure meter was deemed as essential for taking good pictures.

Name Canon Canonflex RM
Manufacturer Canon Camera Company Inc. Japan
Made in Japan
Production Date  
Type 35mm focal-plane shutter single-lens reflex camera
Series Canonflex
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens Canon R58mm f/1.2, R50mm f/1.8
Collection Lens Canon R 50mm f/1.8
Lens Mount R mount
Focus Manual Focus
Shutter Two-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. Single-axis non-rotating dial for X, B, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, and 1/1000 sec. Equipped with built-in self-timer and shutter button lock.
Dimensions & Weight 145 x 92 x 47 mm, 940 g (body)
Production Period April 1962 - 1964
N° Produced 72.000
Original Price 49,500 yen (w/R50mm f/1.8)
Indexed Price (Approx.): 2.008 EUR
Avg Ebay Value:  
Source: Canon Camera Museum, Wikipedia.org, Camera-wiki.org, knippsen.blogspot.com