Film Cameras

35mm Focal-Plane Shutter Rangefinder Camera

NS (New Standard Model)

  • Japan
  • Americas
  • Europe, Asia, Oceania
  • Outline
  • Specifications
Marketed Nov. 1939
Original Price 380 yen (w/ Nikkor 50mm f/3.5, lens hood, 2 film magazines, film take-up spool, case)

*330 yen w/ Nikkor 50mm f/4.5

A Canon S without the slow shutter speeds. Even with a Nikkor lens, the price was relatively low. Since the specs were the same as the Hansa Canon (Standard Model), the camera was dubbed the “New Standard Model.” During this time, Japan’s military forces were expanding quickly, on par with Europe and America. To procure military funds, a special tax was levied on material goods. As a result, the Hansa Canon’s price greatly increased from 275 yen to 350 yen. The tax rate was 10 to 20 percent. To cope with this tax rate, the Canon NS was designed with a lower price in mind. However, this idea did not permeate the market since only about 100 units were made.

Type 35mm focal-plane shutter camera
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens Nikkor 50mm f/3.5 and others
Lens Mount Dedicated bayonet mount with three inner lugs for interchangeable lenses
Shutter Two-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. Single-axis rotating dial for Z, 1/20, 1/30, 1/40, 1/60, 1/100, 1/200, and 1/500 sec.
Viewfinder Coincidence rangefinder and separate reversed Galilean pop-up viewfinder. Focusing enabled with rotating gear (with stopper released).
Film Loading &
After baseplate removal, drop-in bottom loading. Advances with camera-top knob.
Frame Counter Manually set from 0 to 39 at base of camera-top rewind knob.
Film Rewind Camera-top knob
Dimensions &
136.5 x 69 x 30.5 mm, weight unknown