35mm Focal-Plane Shutter Rangefinder Camera
- Europe, Asia, Oceania
|Original Price||86,000 yen (w/50mm f/0.95)
47,500 yen (w/50mm f/1.4)
The successor to the VI-series, this Canon camera was the first to have an Arabic numeral designation. Around 1961, the market for top-quality 35mm cameras was quickly shifting to SLR cameras. Although Canon had already marketed the Canonflex, it concluded that rangefinder cameras for quick shooting was still in strong demand. The 7 had a built-in exposure meter which cameras up to the VI did not have. The viewfinder featured projected frames matching lenses from 35mm to 135mm. The ultra-fast 50mm f/0.95 dream lens was also developed at the same time for the camera. Both the Canonet and the 7 were announced at the 7th Photokina.
|Type||35mm focal-plane shutter rangerfinder camera|
|Picture Size||24 x 36 mm|
|Normal Lens||Canon 50mm f/0.95 and others|
|Lens Mount||Threaded mount or bayonet mount with three inner lugs for 50mm f/0.95 lens and mirror box 2|
|Shutter||Two-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with metal curtains. Single-axis non-rotating dial for X, T, 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 and shutter button lock.|
|Flash Sync||FP- and X-sync (automatic-switching sync contacts, X-sync speed of 1/60 sec., and bayonet terminal socket on camera side).|
|Viewfinder||Coincidence rangefinder integrated with universal mark finder featuring four manually-switchable projected frames for 35mm (fixed at 0.8x), 50mm, 85mm/100mm, and 135mm lenses for automatic parallax correction. Effective base line of 47.2 mm.
* Accessory shoe omitted due to internal exposure meter position.
|Switchable between two ranges (high & low) coupled to shutter speed dial. Built-in selenium photocell meter for needle aperture reading. Metering ranges at ISO 100: EV 12 – 19 and EV 6 – 13.|
|Film Loading &
|After opening camera back, insertion onto spool. Advances with camera-top lever. (140 single or partial strokes with extra 20 stroke)|
|Frame Counter||Counts from 0 to 40 and resets automatically when camera back is opened. Film advance and rewind status indicator provided.|
|Film Rewind||Crank (with AR ring set to R)|
|140 x 81 x 31 mm, 865 g (with 50mm f/0.95)|