The Rangefinders

Instruction Booklets for the Rangefinder Cameras

Canon IIDI love the old rangefinder cameras. Partly, I suppose, I like them because that is where I started out. For years I shot film with a Leica M-3. When I hold my Canon II D2 or my Model P I am transported back to those times.

And then there is the feel of them. They are heavy and compact and obviously finely made. They are works of art, each one a jewel of precision and craftsmanship.

Modern cameras just don’t feel like this. Plastic may be tougher and lighter and cheaper to form. However it is anything but romantic. Plastic speaks of today, of digital cameras, of photography as a mass consumer oriented activity. The older cameras are refined. They speak of class and photography as an elite activity pursued by people of discernment.

Take out an old rangefinder Canon (or Nikon, or Leica, any of them) and shoot some film. You will see what I mean.

Canon Rangefinder Camera Instruction Manuals

Instruction Manual for Canon Model IV

Canon Model IIb User Manual
No Publication Number

Instruction Manual for Canon Model IV

Instruction Manual for the L1-L2-L3
Pub. No. 396

Instruction Manual for Canon IIb - IV S2

Canon Model IId – IV S2
Publication 230(JMC-4)

Instruction Manual for Canon 7s

Publication 355 9T-3-57

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Instruction Manual for Canon Model IV

Publication 122

Instruction Manual for Canon Model IV

The Bell & Howell / Canon Model 7

Instruction Manual for Canon 7s

Publication 52178

Instruction Manual for Canon 7s

Canon V Manual

Canon Model III Instruction Manual

Canon Model III User Manual
Publication 125   5T-6T

Canon Model VI-T Instruction Manual

Publication 419   ST-7-58

Canon Model VI-T Instruction Manual

Publication 419   ST-7-58

Canon Model VI-T Instruction Manual

Publication 365A   6T-3-58

Manual for Canon P

Directions for Canon 35mm Cameras

Manual for Canon P

Publication C-9504

Manual for Canon P

Publication C-9503

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