Canon Auto Zoom 518

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Canon Auto Zoom 518

Year: 1968-1974

Lens: Canon Zoom Lens C-8 f1,8 / 9,5 - 47,5 mm

48mm filter thread

Split Image Focusing

Auto / Manual Zoom

Frame rates: 18, 36

Manual / Auto Exposure

Detects cartridge notches to set ASA: Tungsten 25, 40, 64, 100, 160 and Daylight 16, 25, 40, 64, 100.


Remote control socket

Cable release socket

No sound (some had Filmosound sync output)

4 X AA batteries + 2x PX625 1.3V mercury cells for light meter

Instruction manual:

Made in Japan

Original price in England (in the year of introduction): £119

Revised version of Canon Zoom 518 (36 f/s, motor zoom and new handle design), predecessor of the Canon 518 SV Autozoom.

Prices on eBay:

  • eBay USA:
    • US$31 in 07/1999
    • US$71 in 07/1999
    • US$78 in 07/1999
  • eBay Germany:
    • EUR 1,00 (+ EUR 6,90 shipping) in 03/2007 ("untested" camera)



This is a solid and reliable camera, it works well even of it has been sitting for years. This camera understands cartridge notches to expose E64T properly. These cameras were made in large volumes and can be found for very reasonable prices on eBay (see below).

Some 518 models were made with sync sound jacks, compatible with the Bell & Howell Filmosound cassette tape recorders.

When buying a used camera: Please remember that there are Single8-versions of the Canon 518, too, that look pretty much like the Super-8-versions:

eBay Auctions[edit]