A gift a Canon Canonet Rangefinder

Introduced in Jan 1961 a weeks worth of stock was sold in 2 hours. came with a fast f1.9 lens, in two and a half years Canon sold one million of them.


The example I have is a gift from a friend I have put one film through the images are rubbish but the quality is good due to the camera :).

Came with a lens hood the meter must have died some time back the rangefinder framing works but the split image is a bit iffy as is the film counter still easy to use and works a treat even after 50 years.

Link to Butkus site for the manual


Specs copied from Canon camera -museum site

Type 35mm Lens Shutter rangerfinder camera with shutter speed-priority EE
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens SE45mm f/1.9 (5 elements in 4 groups)
Shutter Copal SLV; B, 1 to 1/500 sec. Built-in self-timer. Time exposures with T ring set to B. M-X switchable sync contacts with German socket.
Viewfinder Coincidence rangefinder integrated with reversed Galilean viewfinder. Automatic parallax correction with projected frames. 0.67x magnification. Viewfinder bottom features aperture scale (f/1.9 – f/16) with inside-pointing arrows on both ends. Red circle, coupled to match needle and EE, is displayed in viewfinder as an exposure warning.
Exposure Meterand EE Selenium photocell for comb-controlled shutter speed-priority EE. Metering range of EV 5 – 7 and f/2, 1/8 sec. to f/16, 1/500 sec. (at ISO 100). Film speed range of ISO 10 – 200. Manual exposure enabled by disabling AUTO (EE).
Film Loading & Advance After opening camera back, insertion onto spool. Advances with camera-bottom trigger. (100┬░single stroke).
Frame Counter Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.
Film Rewind Camera-bottom collapsible crank
Dimensions & Weight 140 x 78 x 64 mm, 700 g