The Camera has No Side Rail

Of all the rangefinder models there are only 3 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 One Piece View Finder Lever
  • Has No Side Rail
Model Date Model Date Model Date
Canon II D Oct 1952   Canon II D1 Oct 1952   Canon II D2 Mar 1955

Seventh Question:

Does the Camera have a Film Speed Reminder Dial?

On the top of the film advance knob there is , on later cameras, reminder dial where the speed of the film in the camera can be set as a reminder. It had no effect on exposure and served strictly as a visual reminder. If you put the camera away for a month or more, it was easy to forget what film you had in it.

This is an example of a camera with no film speed reminder dial. This was often left off as an economy measure on the less expensive models.

Here you can see the film advance knob has a reminder dial on the top of it. Your camera may not look exactly like this but you get the idea.

If you make a wrong selection you can go back one step or all the way to the beginning one step at a time. If you simply get lost or want to look up another camera you can go straight to the beginning again and start over. Or, if you feel you don’t need all the explanations you can go to the Rapid Finder. You get the same questions but in abbreviated form with no discussion or photos.