Canon L1 Black 35mm Rangefinder Camera Body

Keh Model# 216087
*** Lens not included


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Description Details
The L1 was marketed at the same time as the VT Deluxe. Instead of a winding trigger on the bottom, there was a film advance lever on the top. The self-timer was omitted. Thus having no outstanding protrusions, the external design was clean-cut. Along with the Canon 8T cine camera, the L1 was the first camera to receive the Good Design Award which was just instituted by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

The cloth shutter curtain in early production cameras was later replaced by a thin stainless steel curtain for better durability and resistance to pinhole burns caused by direct sunlight entering the lens. Type –
35mm focal-plane shutter rangefinder camera Picture Size –
24 x 36 mm Normal Lens –
Canon 50mm f/1.2, 50mm f/1.8 (not included) Lens Mount –
Two-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. Single-axis rotating dial for T, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, and 1/30 sec., and single-axis rotating dial (with index) for X, B, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, and 1/1000 sec. Equipped with shutter safety lock. Flash Sync –
FP-, M-F, and X-sync (lever-switchable sync contacts and bayonet terminal socket on camera side). Viewfinder –
Coincidence rangefinder integrated with reversed Galilean viewfinder rotatable to set one of three magnifications. Accessory shoe's parallax correction pin coupled to lens draw to adjust accessory finder. Film Loading –
Advance After opening camera back, insertion onto spool. Advances with camera-top advance lever (single or partial strokes). Frame Counter –
Manually set from 39 to 0 with built-in window. Film advance and rewind status indicator provided. Film Rewind –
Collapsible crank Dimensions –
Weight 145 x 76 x 34 mm, 915 g (with 50mm f/1.2)
Additional Information
Brand Name Canon
Film Type 35mm roll
Focus Type Manual focus (only)
Lens Mount Canon S


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