Film Cameras

35mm Focal-Plane Shutter Rangefinder Camera

L3

L3

L3

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Marketed Nov 1957
Original Price 48,000 yen (w/50mm f/2.8), 32,000 yen (body)

This was an L2 without any flash synchronization. The body cost only 32,000 yen

Type 35mm focal-plane shutter rangefinder camera
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens Canon 50mm f/2.8
Lens Mount Threaded mount
Shutter Two-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. Single-axis rotating dial for 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/15 sec., and single-axis rotating dial (with index) for B, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, and 1/500 sec. No self-timer.
Flash Sync None (terminal socket hole covered).
Viewfinder Coincidence rangefinder integrated with reversed Galilean viewfinder rotatable to set one of three magnifications. 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-top advance lever (single or partial strokes).
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 143 x 76 x 34 mm, 530 g (body)