Canon Rangefinder without Model Name

The earlier rangefinder models had no model designation on them and the naming convention used can only be attributed to the mysterious Asian mind. Most rangefinders fall into this category although you may see more of the others because they were produced later in greater numbers and distributed world wide. Many models are defined by internal structure and they look the same on the outside. In most cases the differences are not readily apparent.

The cameras we have to sort through are:

Model Date   Model Date   Model Date
 Canon J  Jan 1939   Canon IV Apr 1951   Canon II F Jul 1953
Canon NS 1940   Canon III A Dec 1951    Canon II S  Feb 1954
Canon JS Apr 1945   Canon IV S Dec 1951    Canon IV Sb2  Mar 1954
Canon J II Dec 1945   Canon II A Mar 1952    Canon II S2  Feb 1955
Canon S I Dec 1945   Canon II D Oct 1952    Canon II D2  Mar 1955
Canon S II Oct 1946   Canon II D1 Oct 1952    Canon II F2  Jun 1955
Canon II B Jan 1949   Canon IV Sb Dec 1952   Canon VL Dev 1957
Canon 1950 Jul 1950   Canon II AF Jun 1953   Canon VL2 Jan 1958
Canon III Feb 1951   Canon II AX Jun 1953    Canon VI-L  Sep 1958
Canon II C Mar 1951            

We will sort through these by asking a series of questions that will lead us to the identity of your camera. So what is the first question?

Second Question:

What is your Camera’s highest Shutter Speed?

So where do we start? Well, lets look at the maximum shutter speed on the high speed dial. Canon cameras were always advanced cameras and they offered fast shutter speeds. Your camera will be either a 1/500th or 1/1000th of a second.

Have a look at the two images above of the high speed dials on two cameras. You will see that the largest number on the dial on the top of the camera is different: one 500 and the other is 1000. These are the shutter fastest shutter speeds the camera offers and they are one five hundredth of a second and one one thousandth of a second respectively.

So, select your camera’s highest shutter speed below.