Canon Model VL

Your camera would appear to be a Model VL. It has the following distinguishing features:

  • No Model Name on Camera
  • Top Shutter Speed 1/1000th
  • Has a Slow Speed Dial
  • Top Slow Speed 1/30
  • Has a Self Timer

Dates: Dec 1957 thru Dec 1958

Produced: 5450

Ser. Nos.:  555000 thru 592000

There is a small lot of 22 made in 1956 and then the rest were between the dates above. It is all a bit esoteric so refer to Dechert for more information.

This is the first Canon with metal shutter curtains. It is actually an L1 with the metal curtains and a self timer activated through a front lever. With fewer than 5500 produced it is somewhat rare today.

Images are courtesy of E-bay seller japan_quality_company.