Film Cameras

35mm Focal-Plane Shutter Rangefinder Camera

VT

VT

VT

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Marketed Aug 1956
Original Price 115,500 yen (w/50mm f/1.2)
82,000 yen (w/50mm f/1.8)

For twenty years since the Hansa Canon, film-loading was through the camera bottom (like old Leicas). The VT was Canon’s first camera to have a camera back which swung open for film loading. Since it was the successor to the IV-series, the designation included a “V.” However, it had a totally new concept with a built-in self-timer, a different three-mode viewfinder, and a winding trigger. The viewfinder magnification could be set to suit a wide-angle 35mm lens. The half-mirror prism had a highly-reflective gold finish, making the viewfinder 2.5 times brighter than before. The film advanced with a fast-winding trigger at the camera bottom instead of a knob on top. This set it apart from the other cameras. The “T” in “VT” was for “Trigger.”

Type 35mm focal-plane shutter rangefinder camera
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens Canon 50mm f/1.2 and others
Lens Mount Threaded mount
Shutter Two-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. Single-axis rotating dial for T, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/15 sec., and single-axis rotating dial (with index) for X, B, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, and 1/1000 sec. Equipped with built-in self-timer and shutter safety lock.
Flash Sync FP-, M-F, and X-sync (1/50 sec. sync speed). Bayonet terminal on camera side provided.
Viewfinder Coincidence rangefinder integrated with reversed Galilean viewfinder rotatable to set one of three magnifications. 0.4x magnification for 35mm lens and effective base line of 17.2 mm. 0.72x magnification for 50mm lens and effective base line of 31 mm. 1.4x magnification at RF position for focusing with base line of 60 mm. Accessory shoe’s parallax correction pin coupled to lens draw to adjust accessory finder.
Film Loading &
Advance
After opening camera back, insertion onto spool. Advances with camera-bottom trigger (single stroke). Rotating knob also provided.
Frame Counter Manually set from 39 to 0 with built-in window. Film advance and rewind status indicator provided.
Film Rewind Pop-up rewind knob
Dimensions &
Weight
144 x 81 x 36 mm, 815 g (with Canon 50mm f/1.8)
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