Canon Model L1
Canon Model L1
Canon Model L1

Canon Model L1

Your camera would appear to be a Canon Model L1. What a surprise considering the name is on the bottom plate. It has the following features:

  • Model Name is on Camera
  • Top Shutter Speed 1/1000th
  • Has a Slow Speed Dial
  • Viewfinder selectable by wheel next to Viewfinder Eyepiece
  • Foldable rewind crank
  • Back swings open for reloading

Dates: Feb 1957 to Dec 1957

Produced: 7,975

Ser. Nos.:  540000 to 566000

The L1 is an improved version of the  VT. It is considered by many to be one of the best rangefinder cameras ever produced and it is very popular amongst collectors.

The L1 is the first Canon camera to use a rewind crank as opposed to a knob. The VTD and L1 were the first cameras Canon offered in black finish.

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