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Canon (Seiki Kogaku) rangefinder camera HANSA,1935/6 Model

Brief Summary: Source: Canon Museum
Year Introduced: 1939

Background: Shutter speeds (slow settings) from 1 sec. to 1/20 sec. Besides the Nikkor f/3.5 lens which came with the camera, three other lenses were available: the Nikkor f/2 (Sonnar type with 6 elements in 3 groups), Nikkor f/2.8 (Tessar type with 4 elements in 3 groups), and Nikkor f/4.5 (Tessar type with 4 elements in 3 groups). It was a fine lens line-up for Japan's only high-end 35mm camera. The frame counter was on the camera top at the base of the film advance knob. On the Hansa Canon, it was on the camera front. This was to make room for the slow shutter speed governor. Due to internal mechanism changes, the top cover consisted of two parts with one part covering the protruding viewfinder portion. This was unlike the single-piece top cover of the Hansa Canon. The slow shutter speed dial was lever-controlled for easier operation.

Spec:

Type:- 35mm focal-plane shutter camera
Film Format:- 24 x 36 mm
Standard lenses: Nikkor 50mm f/3.5, 50mm f/2.8, 50mm f/2, 50mm f/4.5 (all lenses provided)
Lens Mount:- Dedicated bayonet mount with three inner lugs for interchangeable lenses
Shutter:- Two-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. Lever-controlled dial for 1, 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8 sec., and single-axis rotating dial for Z, 1/20, 1/40, 1/60, 1/100, 1/200, and 1/500 sec.
Viewfinder system :- Coincidence rangefinder and separate reversed Galilean pop-up viewfinder. Focusing enabled with rotating gear (with stopper released).
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 via Camera-top knob
Dimensions & Weight: Approx. 136 x 69 x 30.5 mm, 700 g (with Nikkor 50mm f/3.5)

Source: Canon Museum



Credit: Images of this CANON HANSA courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

Seiki-Kogaku Canon Hansa; very early Canon Hansa, type 1 in very nice condition with 'black face' Nikkor 3.5/50mm, matching base-plate with number 1232, this in one of the earliest Canon cameras in fully original condition; approx.  Year: 1935/36 Serial

Seiki-Kogaku Canon Hansa; very early Canon Hansa, type 1 in very nice condition with 'black face' Nikkor 3.5/50mm, matching base-plate with number 1232, this in one of the earliest Canon cameras in fully original condition; approx. Year: 1935/36 Serial no. 194

 

Seiki-Kogaku Canon Hansa; very early Canon Hansa, type 1 in very nice condition with 'black face' Nikkor 3.5/50mm, matching base-plate with number 1232, this in one of the earliest Canon cameras in fully original condition; approx.  Year: 1935/36 Serial

Rear film back section of an early  RF Seiki-Kogaku Canon Hansa rangefindeR camera model, 1935/6

Top panel of an early  Seiki-Kogaku Canon Hansa rangefinder RF camera model, 1935/6

Base section view of an early  Seiki-Kogaku Canon Hansa rangefinder camera model, 1935/6

With film / base plate removed on an early  Seiki-Kogaku Canon Hansa rangefinder camera model, 1935/6

Close up view of an HANSA CANON RF rangefinder camera, 1935/6

Shutter speed dial of an early, type 1 Canon HANSA rangefinder RF camera model


Side section view of an  Canon HANSA rangefinder RF camera model

Seiki-Kogaku Canon Hansa; very early Canon Hansa, type 1 in very nice condition with 'black face' Nikkor 3.5/50mm, matching base-plate with number 1232, this in one of the earliest Canon cameras in fully original condition; approx. Year: 1935/36 Serial no. 194

Credit: Images courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

 Canon HANSA rangefinder RF camera model with an black face Nippon Kogaku (NIKON ) RF 5cm f/3.5 standard lens



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