Canon PHOTURA and PHOTURA 135 - 1990 and 1992 Kadlubek Nr. CAN1450 and CAN1480 This ends up my 'bridge camera' theme and is, I think, the last of these things that I will be acquiring. Since I was drawn to them by their 'futuristic' design, I'm not going to give too much detail here on the operation of the camera. Manuals for these are available from the estimable Butkus ( http://www.butkus.org/chinon/canon.htm ) and this is definitely not so rare as some of the others I have posted on. Not to steal a march on the following report, but the one of these that I like the most is the Ricoh Murai that I have already reported on at much greater length ( http://www.photo.net/modern-film-cameras-forum/00Yk4S ). Others in the series here are the Chinon Genesis II ( http://www.photo.net/modern-film-cameras-forum/00YqZO ) and the Yashica Samurai ( http://www.photo.net/modern-film-cameras-forum/00YvJm ). To recap, these were cameras that were developed as autofocus cameras that would 'bridge' between a point and shoot on the one hand and a full fledged SLR on the other. They have a built-in, non-interchangeable lens, usually going from a mild wide-angle to a medium telephoto. They were advertised as a lighter and easier to use camera to replace all that heavy gear you were lugging around. They date from the 1980s up to the early 1990s. The first may have been the Yashica Samurai (1987 or 1989) but there are other contenders. The Canon PHOTURA dates to 1990 and was in the "Sure Shot" camera category ( http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/camera/film/data/1986-1990/1990_ab-jet.html?lang=us&categ=srs&page=ab&p=1 ). In Europe these were known as EPOCA and in Japan as the "Autoboy Jet". A later model was the PHOTURA 135 / CAPTION of 1992 ( http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/camera/film/data/1991-1995/1992_jet135.html?lang=us&categ=srs&page=ab ). This was also called the EPOCA 135 / CAPTION, and JET135. There are many discussions of these on the web (e.g., http://www.jollinger.com/photo/cam-coll/cameras/35mm_nonslr/12204_Photura.html ) Here is a catalog (cover) for the Japanese version of the PHOTURA.