The Camera has a Two Piece Lever

The view finder lever was originally a two piece affair

Of all the rangefinder models there are only 2 cameras with this set of characteristics. They are:

  • No Model designation on Body
  • Maximum Shutter speed 1/500th
  • Has a Slow Speed Dial
  • Has a 2 piece View Finder Lever
Model Date Model Date
Canon II B Jan 1949   Canon II C Mar 1951

Quetion 6:

What is the Top Speed on the Slow Speed Dial?

There are actually two distinguishing features that will tell these two cameras apart. The first is the top speed on the Slow Sped Dial. Is it 20 or 25?

If the top speed is only 1/25th of a second the Rewind Release Lever should be mounted flush on the top deck. If it is 1/25th, then it should be mounted on a lttle table on the side of the view finder housing on the top deck.

On this camera you can see the rewind lever is sitting on its own little bench on the top plate.

On the left side in front of the shutter button is the lever that allows the film to be rewound. It does this by disengaging the sprokets that wind the film. Note the lever is flush with the top plate.

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