Seiki Kogaku (Canon) S-II
rangefinder camera model, 1946
First version of the first post-war camera (production started with no.15,000), with
rare and also very early Seiki-Kogaku Serenar1:3.5 f=5cm (adjusted to fit this S-II),
original black and early hood engraved "SEIKI KOGAKU", shutter sticks.
Approx. Year: c.1946
Rather confusing with some many
identical model name, but this was began to market in 1946. 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 post war period.
It has a non-universal, threaded lens mount was identical to the Canon J's.
Many of these were engraved with Made in Occupied Japan, MIOJ or w/name as SEIKI
KOGAKU TOKYO. Another notable feature is, the camera used Canon's own SENENAR lenses.
Ref: Canon Museum.
Type:- 35mm focal-plane
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.
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
Weight:- 135.5mm x 69.5mm x 30.2 mm, 450 g (with Serenar 50mm f/3.5)
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