Film Cameras

35mm Focal-Plane Shutter Rangefinder Camera

S II

S II

S II

  • Japan
  • Americas
  • Europe, Asia, Oceania
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Marketed Oct. 1946
Original Price 48,000 yen (w/Serenar 50mm f/3.5)

This was the first Canon camera to be given an English designation from the start. (Previous models were called “Standard Model,” etc., in Japanese.) The S II was probably so named because it was the successor to the camera which later came to be called the Canon S. It was the first new model after the war. The non-universal, threaded lens mount was identical to the Canon J’s. The viewfinder and coupled rangefinder were combined into a single window. During the post-war food shortage, Japan received various relief supplies from the Allied Powers. As collateral for these supplies, cameras were sold through occupation personnel exchanges. In effect, it was the company’s first export camera and it drew attention.

Consequently, it became a national policy to favor the company for the procurement of metals, lens glass, electricity, fuel, etc. In September 1947, the corporate name was changed to “Canon Camera Company Ltd.”

Type 35mm focal-plane shutter camera
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens Serenar 50mm f/3.5, 50mm f/2
Lens Mount Non-universal and universal flanges (Leica mount) available
Shutter Two-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. Single-axis rotating dial for 1, 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8 sec., and 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 integrated with reversed Galilean viewfinder. Finder magnification of 0.6x, base length of 38.5 mm, and finder coverage of approx. 85%.
Film Loading &
Advance
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 &
Weight
135.5 x 69.5 x 30.2 mm, 450 g (with Serenar 50mm f/3.5)
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