Film Cameras

35mm Focal-Plane Shutter Rangefinder Camera




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Marketed April 1965
Original Price 88,000 yen (w/50mm f/0.95),
64,000 yen (w/50mm f/1.2),
49,500 yen (w/50mm f/1.4),
44,500 yen (w/50mm f/1.8)

When the 7s was introduced, Canon had already marketed seven SLR cameras with the Canonflex R-series, FL-mount cameras, and the Pellix which had TTL manual metering. Even though the writing was on the wall for rangefinder cameras, the 7s was introduced as the successor to the Canon 7. It retained the basic performance and features of the 7 except for the CdS meter which replaced the selenium exposure meter.

An accessory shoe, sorely missed on the 7, was also added. The tripod socket was also repositioned. The 7s was Canon’s last in a 32-year tradition of luxury-class rangefinder cameras which started with the Hansa Canon.

Type 35mm focal-plane shutter rangefinder 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 provided.

Exposure Meter
Built-in CdS element meter switchable between two ranges (high & low) for aperture needle readings coupled to shutter speed dial. 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. (125 single or partial strokes with extra 25 stroke) Safety lock prevents accidental opening of camera back.
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 (with AR ring set to R)
Dimensions &
140 x 81 x 31 mm, 875 g (with 50mm f/0.95)