Chinon PW-535 / PW-545
Chinon Power Winder for 35mm cameras
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Chinon Power Winder instructions.  Other models are basically the same.  This model will fit the CE-5, CG-5, CE-4s, CE-4 series.  The PW-600 series will work on a CP-5, CP-6 or CP-X

1. Film Winder Coupler
2. Rewinding Pin
3. Electrical Pin Connectors
4. Guide Pin
5. Remote Control Socket
6. Battery Container Detachable Button
7. Battery Container
8. Attachment Screw
9. Action Lamp
10. Shutter Release Button
11. Shutter Release Loch
12. C/S Indicator Lamp
13. Interval Timer D al
14. Pre Set Counter Dial
15. C S
16. Rewind Lever
17. Tripod Socket

1. Takes 4 AA batteries
2. Dial should be off when installing and removing winder
3. Mount winder on camera. Turn screw on winder base to tighten to camera.  Finger tight is find.  I find it good to clean the contacts on the winder and bottom of the camera with a pencil
4. Winder dial is set to "single" fires once when shutter is press and held.
5. Winder dial is set to "continous" fires and continues to fire when shutter is pressed (Pre-set counter is at zero)
6. Other "pre-set" buttons, these fire at certain set times and total number of frames to expose.

7. "Pre-set dial showing time between shots, action lamp, to left, will light to show camera winder operation during firing
8. Optional wired remote control.  This might be able to be made by a plug that is just shorted by a switch.  This would allow you to make the wire as long as needed.
9. Shows rewind button.  Press up to allow you to rewind film without taking off power winder.
10. Shows locking button on certain winders.  Usually used with the "timed" feature.  Allows you to press the winder button, push this button forward and lock the shutter down.  The "timed" feature will then fire off the shots according to the timer setting.
11. Tripod mount.  Placed here where there are some solid parts on the winder body.

Below is the text from the Chinon PW-535 /  PW-545 winder.  Others very similar.

Chinon Power Winder: SPECIFICATIONS

     CHINON CE-5, CG-5, CE-4s, CE-4

Winding Speed
     Approx. 0.5 sec.

Shutter Speed Range .

     Power Source - OFF;  Single Frame - S; continuous - C

* Pre-Set Counter
     0, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 & 24 frame

* Interval Timer
     0, 1,2,4,8, 15&30sec.

Power Source
     6V-  4 AA (Penlite) Alkaline Batteries (By one touch detachable battery container)

Indication Lamp
     Red indicator Lamp for "S" and "C"

Battery Life (Number of films)
    Minimum 20 cartridges (36 Exposure) at Room Temperature

Shutter Release
     Activated with Camera Shutter
     Release Button or Winder Shutter

Remote Control: 2.5 mm Mini-Jack, Remote-Control
     Accessory Switch is available

Attach to the Camera
     Screw-in to the tripod socket in the camera with guide pin channel

     Action Lamp (Red LED)
     Computerized Auto-Stop device when the film is finished
     136.0 (L) x 88.5 (H) x 76.0 (W) mm

     230 g.

*  PW-535 version only

Chinon Power Winder Instructions


1. Remove the Battery Container from the side of the Power Winder by depressing the battery container detachable button downward toward the arrow indication and sliding the container until it is separated from the winder (ring. 1)

2. Load the Battery Container with four (4) AA size (Penlite) 1.5 volt Alkaline Batteries. The correct positioning of the positive (+) and negative (-) ends of each battery is shown in the container. When a fresh set of batteries are installed, a minimum of 20 rolls of 36 exposure films can be used at room temperature. Replace with a fresh set of batteries when the motor in the power winder stops running.

If the motor stops during the film transport, it indicates that the batteries have insufficient power to drive the motor. Immediately, replace the batteries with a fresh set.

Install the batteries correctly to avoid malfunction of the Power Winder and to avoid the possibility of the batteries leaking.

NOTE: Always remove the batteries when the power winder is not in use for a long period of time. When replacing batteries all four (4) batteries must be replaced.


1. The C/S Dial should be turned to the off position (Fig. 2)

2. Insert the guide pin into the pin receptacle located on the bottom of the camera. Align the attachment screw to the tripod socket of the camera and rotate the attachment screw clockwise until the Power Winder is securely fastened to the camera body (Fig. 3).

NOTE: To attach a CHINON Power Winder to CE-5 and CG-5 camera body, the body grip has to be removed from the camera body.


Normal Use
1. Set the C/S Dial to the "S" (single frame exposure) position (Fig. 4).

2. Each time the shutter release button is depressed single frame shooting will result. The film will automatically be advanced one frame and the shutter will be cocked ready for the next exposure.

Remarks: The shutter can be released by depressing the shutter release button on the camera body or the shutter release button on the winder grip.

Continuous Use
1. Set the C/S Dial to the "C" (continuous) position (Fig. 5)

2 Continuous shooting will result as long as the shutter release button is depressed.

3. The actual frame per second rate will depend on such factors as the interval timer and the pre-set counter. See "Interval Timer" and "Pre-set Counter" for further explanation.


The Chinon Power Winder employs an electronic LED (red) which illuminates when the shutter is tripped and during the instant the film is automatically advanced. This action light confirms that the Power Winder and camera are functioning properly.


Because of the special computerized memory chip built in to the Chinon Power Winder it is now possible to preselect a predetermined amount of frames that can be shot continuously.

1. Set the C/S Dial to the "C" position.

2. Set the pre-set counter to the number of desired frames for continuous shooting (Fig. 6).

3. Depress the shutter release button on the camera.

NOTE: When the pre-set counter is used, check the remaining film in the camera. If the desired amount of frames are greater than the amount of frames remaining in the film, the counter will automatically stop at the end of the roll.

(PW-535 only)

As mentioned previously, because of the latest electronic technologies incorporated in the Chinon Power Winder and because of its special computerized memory chip it is now possible to shoot "time-lapse" photography by menas of the special built-in interval timer.

1. Set the C/S Dial to the "C" position.

2. Set the interval timer dial to the desired interval position (Fig. 7).

3. Keep the shutter release button depressed on the camera or locked into the continuous shooting position.

4. A desired number of frames can be exposed automatically when used with the pre-set counter and the interval

NOTE: The Interval Timer controls the duration between each exposure automatically.  Neither the pre-set counter nor the interval timer can be used in the "S" position.

Remote control photography can be accomplished with your new Power Winder by means of the special remote control accessory switch available from your CHINON dealer (Fig. 8).

1. Set the C/S Dial to the off position.

2. Set the remote control switch to the off position and plug it into the remote control socket of your Power Winder.

3. Set the C/S Dial to either the "C" or "S" position.

C/S Dial set at the "C" position
The operating manner is the same as previously described.

NOTE: When the C/S Dial is set at the S position do not use the Pre-Set Counter or the Interval Timer as these two features only function when the C/S Dial is set at the C position.

Continuous shooting will result as long as the remote control switch is set in the on position.

C/S Dial set at the "S" position
For single frame exposure, the Remote Control switch is set to the on position. A frame will be exposed each time the remote control switch is turned on.

NOTE: If you use Chinon Wireless Controller which is available as an optional accessory, you can control this Power Winder remotely at a distance of approx. 40 meters (13.1 2 Ft.).


1. Your Chinon Power Winder has a built-in automatic stop device which is activated at the end of the roll of film. When the automatic stop device is activated the film should be completely exposed. It is recommended to check the frame counter to confirm that the roll of film is completely exposed.

2. Push up the rewind lever as indicated by the arrow mark on the Power Winder and rewind the film by turning the rewind crank in a clockwise direction on the camera (Fig. 9).

3. Process the film without delay.


When used for continuous shooting with the Pre-set counter and Interval Timer, the shutter release button can be pressed down and locked for continuous shooting (Fig. 10).


1. The batteries will weaken if the Power Winder is not used for a long period of time or at low temperatures. It is recommended to replace the batteries or use the unit at normal room temperatures.

When new film is loaded in the camera, advance the film manually for one frame or re-set the C/S Dial.

If the Power Winder is not in use, the C/S Dial should be returned to the off position. If the Power Winder is not in use for a long period of time, remove the batteries from the unit.

4. The dials on the power winder should be set with clicked position.


The Chinon Power Winder is provided with a tripod socket so that it may be secured to a tripod (Fig. 11).