The Demi EE28 is a half frame format camera intoduced in 1967. The EE28 suplemented the Demi line as a less featured version of the Demi EE17 released the year before. This one has a nice low serial number of 000048.
Canon started the Demi line in 1963, presumably after seeing the sucess of the Olympus Pen line. At the time, film was expensive and the half frame format was a great budget option to give you double the shots from a roll of film. In addition to saving you some cash, the Demi EE28 is a small pocket camera that has a great build feel. The styling is pleasing with a '60's futuristic feel.
Film cost is no longer the the reason to pick the EE28. Today you pick a half frame for the fun of using the format. Because the frame is divided verticly, you get a view finder that is portrait orientation not the normal landscape orientation of regular 35mm cameras.
The EE28 is a simple to use zone focus camera with the option of AUTO aptruture or self selecting. I used AUTO. The manual says that for outdoor shots you can pick the SHOT setting (10 ft or two people standing icon) and everythign will be in focus - so I used that for my test roll. The ISO is selected on a dial on the back of the camera. Load up your film and go.
I first used a half frame 35mm with the Olypus Pen EE.S and found the orientation refreshing. Just like the Pen, the Demi made me think about my composition. The fact that it was so simple to use made it a fun camera to shoot. Build qulity is great, very solid and the image quality was acceptable, for a point and shoot. Half frame format is a fun exercise, but I have no plan to switch to half frame. Just nice to have the option.
Lens: Fixed 28mm f2.8
Film: Kodak Max 400 expired