The Camera’s Slow Speed Dial has a Lock

Of all the rangefinder models there are only five cameras with this set of characteristics. We only need one more distinguishing feature to tell them apart.

The five possibilities are:

  • No Model designation on Body
  • Maximum Shutter speed 1/1000th
  • Has Slow Speed Dial
  • Highest Low Speed Dial Setting 1/25th
  • Slow Speed Dial has no lock
Model Date   Model Date   Model Date
Canon 1950 Jul 1950   Canon IV Apr 1951   Canon IV S Dec 1951
Canon III Feb 1951   Canon III A Dec 1951      

Sixth Question:

Does your Camera have a Side Rail?

Canon developed a method of attaching a flash gun to their camera that was unique, and, in my view, ugly. It was a rail on the left side of the camera onto which the flash unit slid.

The Side Rail is obvious once you know what it is.

I think the camera is much more attractive without the rail.

So what do you have?

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.