Captain Jack's Canonflex SLR Cameras indicates a black version and a Bell & Howell version of the RM are much more rare.The owner's manual is available at Christian Rollinger's Canon Photo Page. The mirror also only returns once the film advance is turned.I also bought a Canon 50mm f1.2 FL lens (my second) and a Canon 35mm FL lens, each for .As interesting as the camera is, the original owner was more interesting. Fred Gerlach was born August 26, 1925 and died December 31, 2009. Fred Gerlach - Tribune Tributes.) As explained in his Obituary published January 7, 2010 in the San Diego Union-Tribune, he was a Detroit native, grew up in New York City and came to California in the late 1950s. He is most famous as a 12 string guitar player and maker. Fred Gerlach, Discography, Weenie ) Recordings are available at Smithsonian Folkways and Mine was purchased on e Bay on 7-28-06 as part of a lot of cameras for plus .80 shipping. The original owner was in the military and recalls buying the camera overseas around that time.
While geared towards those new to SLRs, the camera is very well built and quite sophisticated. The flash works but the battery door on top needs to be held down to get a good electrical contact. (Large Image) Introduced in March 1971 according to Canon Camera Museum.Shutter preferred automatic exposure was achieved by setting the aperture dial to EE.The correct aperture would then be set for whatever shutter speed you selected.A needle in the window points to the correct aperture to set depending on the shutter speed you have selected.In operation it is similar to the clip-on meters on the original Canonflex and other cameras such as my first SLR, the Pentax H3v.