Canon rangefinders family

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Canon Rangefinders family model list

After the war, the Japanese camera makers embarked on making Leica clones, selling them like a fire in the bushes. The local GI contingent was the early target market and thereafter exported same to the US. Most makers are just a memory, such as Tanaka and Nicca, Reise and Leotax, Meguro and Zenobia, and more. Canon produced a long list of Leica clones and changed midway to a slightly different style, Canon’s own. There were slight changes between the models, and to keep them selling without being hindered by picky buyers, the Leica lookalikes carried no identifications.

I have a few on the shelf, so created the list below to finally get it in order. Note that some transitional models are not cut and dry, like an L1 I have which is sitting on the fence.

For more options, such as colours, special editions, and lens / body combinations, see the sister site,

7 Black 1961
7 1961
7 .95 1961
7S 1965
7SZ 1965
7Sz .95 1965
II B 1953
II F E-P 1953
Kwanon 1933
L1 Black 1957
L1 1957
L1 Navy 1957
L2 Black 1956
L2 Imperial Navy 1957
L2 1957
L3 1957
P 1959
P Black 1959
P Red Cherry 1959
P Eagle 1959
VI-L Black 1958
VI-L 1958
VI-T Black 1958
VI-T 1958
VL 1958
VL-2 Black 1958
VL-2 1958
VT Black 1956
VT 1956
VT Olive 1957
VT de Luxe Black 1957
VT de Luxe 1957
VT de Luxe M 1957
VT de Luxe Z Black 1957
VT de Luxe Z 1957


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