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Canon (Seiki Kogaku) rangefinder camera HANSA 1938 Model

Canon HANSA, 1938 An earliest Canon RF model, with a n interesting Nippon Kogaku KK made black face

Canon HANSA, 1938 An earliest Canon RF model, with a n interesting Nippon Kogaku KK made black face "Nikkor" 3.5/50mm, base plate engraved: 2636, lens cap, original Hansa ever-ready case; approx. Year: c.1938
 

Rear section view of Canon HANSA, 1938 with aollapsible 5cm f/3.5 NIKKOR lens
Top view of Canon HANSA, 1938
An earliest Canon HANSA RF model, with a n interesting Nippon Kogaku KK made black face
Canon HANSA, 1938

An earliest Canon RF model, with a n interesting Nippon Kogaku KK made black face "
Nikkor" 3.5/50mm, base plate engraved: 2636, lens cap, original Hansa ever-ready case; approx. Year: c.1938 w/Serial no. 898

REFER TO Pictures of
Model w/S/N 194, 1935/6


Canon (Seiki Kogaku) rangefinder camera model S

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



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Canon Seiki Kogaku rangefinder Model S camera

Canon Seiki Kogaku rangefinder Model S camera by Photo Arsenall


Canon Seiki Kogaku rangefinder Model S camera by Photo Arsenall front section view


Canon Seiki Kogaku rangefinder Model S camera by Photo Arsenall back view

Canon (Seiki Kogaku) rangefinder camera HANSA with Sand Hunter & Co, UK

Source: Canon Museum "..Canon's first production model and Japan's first high-quality 35mm camera. An improved version of the KWANON camera, it also incorporated technology from Nippon Kogaku (Nikon). Although some say that the camera was marketed in October 1935, the marketing date was February 1936. The lens was a Nikkor 5cm f/3.5 mounted for the first time on a civilian camera. The rangefinder optics and focusing mount were made by Nippon Kogaku. The viewfinder was a reversed Galilean type and it was separate from the rangefinder window. The viewfinder was nicknamed "surprise box" because it popped up when a button was pressed. Saburo Uchida, Goro Yoshida's brother-in-law and manager of the company's business affairs, changed the "KWANON" name to "Canon." "Canon" also refers to the Bible and standards or laws. "Hansa" was (and still is) the trademark of Omiya Photo Supply, the distributor of the Hansa Canon...".

Spec Sheet:-

Type:- 35mm focal-plane shutter camera
Film Format:- 24 x 36 mm
Standard Lenses:- Nikkor 50mm f/3.5 (Tessar with 4 elements in 3 groups)
Lens Mount:- Dedicated bayonet mount with three inner lugs for interchangeable lenses
Shutter Type:- Two-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. Single-axis rotating dial for Z (Zeit or bulb), 1/20, 1/30, 1/40, 1/60, 1/100, 1/200, 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 36 on camera front.
Film Rewind via camera-top knob
Dimensions / Weight:- 136.5 x 69 x 31 mm, 640 g (with Nikkor 50mm f/3.5)
Source: Canon Museum

Canon Seiki Kogaku HANSA rangefinder camera model with Nikkor lens

Canon Seiki Kogaku HANSA rangefinder camera model from view with Nippon Kogaku Nikkor 1:3.5 f= 5cm



Canon (Seiki Kogaku) rangefinder camera HANSA
(no engraving type - late model)

Canon Seiki Kogaku HANSA rangefinder camera model with no engraving from view with Nippon Kogaku Nikkor 1:3.5 f= 5cm



Canon Seiki Kogaku HANSA rangefinder camera model with no engraving from view with Nippon Kogaku Nikkor 1:3.5 f= 5cm collapsible lens


Canon Seiki Kogaku HANSA rangefinder camera model with no engraving base view (this may be not accurate -, can't confirm the tripod socket)

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Credit: Image courtesy of Photo_Arsenal-Worldwide® Germany. The Company also maintains an active EBAY Store, trading many used and new photo equipment of various labels. Photo Aersenal can be contacted at Photo Arsenal Boris Jamchtchik, Altenfurter Str.16a 90475 Nuernberg Germany Tel.: +49 (0) 911/ 4008081 E-Mail: ebayshop@arsenal-photo.com. Arsenal has a office in Hong Kong, headed by Evan Wong. Address is: Ting Shan East Selling-Office Unit 210, 2/f., Mirror Tower, 61 Mody Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong Phone: + 852/23126690 , fax. +852/23126691.Image(s) copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.