Film Cameras

35mm Focal-Plane Shutter Rangefinder Camera

VI L

VI L

VI L

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Marketed Sept 1958
Original Price 91,500 yen (w/50mm f/1.2, Canon meter, magazine, case)
79,800 yen (w/50mm f/1.8, Canon meter, magazine, case)

Except for the thumb lever on the top instead of a winding trigger on the bottom, the VI L was the same as the VI T. The VI L was 5 mm lower in height than the VI T, making it more portable and easier to handle. The film advance lever on top proved to be popular and the production and sales of the VI L exceeded that of the VI T.

In the classic camera market, the VI L is highly sought after as a historical and high-quality camera.

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 metal curtains. Single-axis non-rotating dial for X, B, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, and 1/1000 sec. Equipped with built-in self-timer.
Flash Sync FP- and X-sync (automatic-switching sync contacts, X-sync speed of 1/55 sec., and bayonet terminal socket on camera side).
Viewfinder Coincidence rangefinder integrated with reversed Galilean viewfinder rotatable to set one of three magnifications. 0.65x magnification for 35mm lens and effective base line of 28 mm. 1.0x magnification for 50mm lens and effective base line of 43 mm. 1.55x magnification at Mg position for focusing with base line of 65.5 mm. Built-in automatic parallax correction with projected frames for 50mm and 100mm lenses. Accessory shoe’s parallax correction pin coupled to lens draw to adjust accessory finder.
Exposure Meter Aperture-reading selenium photocell coupled to the shutter speed dial. Metering range (at ISO 100) switchable between EV 10 – 19 (high) and EV 4 – 13 (low). With the low-light booster attached, metering to EV 2 is possible.
Film Loading &
Advance
After opening camera back, insertion onto spool. Advances with camera-top advance lever (130 single or partial strokes).
Frame Counter Counts from 0 to 40 and resets automatically when camera back is opened. Film advance and rewind status indicator provided.
Film Rewind Collapsible crank
Dimensions &
Weight
144 x 76 x 34 mm, 940 g (body)
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