Canon

Canon manufactured dozens of similar knob wind 35 mm rangefinder cameras between 1933 and the mid 1960s. Because few of these models bear model inscriptions, they can be difficult to identify. We can help! With your 35mm knob wind Canon camera in front of you, click here to begin answering questions to determine what model you have.

Canon Model “Kwanon”
The earliest type of Canon camera. Very rare! Many varieties.

Canon “Original”
The second major type of Canon camera. Lens mount should be inscribed “Nippon Kogaku.” Very rare!

Canon Model “Nippon Kogaku Hansa”
The first type of Canon “Hansa.” Similar to later “Hansa” Canons but with “Nippon Kogaku” inscription on lens mount. Very rare

Canon “Hansa”
The second type of Canon camera with the “Hansa” top plate inscription. Lens mount not engraved “Nippon Kogaku.”
Years of production: 1935-1940
Number produced: about 1,100 rare
Approximate serial number range: lens mounts numbered from 55-5200

Canon Model S
Years of production: 1938-1945
Number produced: about 1,600 rare.
Approximate serial number range: 10520-12500

Canon Model NS
Same as model S without slow shutter speeds.
Years of production: 1940-1942
Number produced: about 100 -very rare!
Approximate serial number range: 10800-11900

Years of production: 1939-1941
Number produced: about 200 very rare!
Approximate serial number range: 1700-2125

Canon Model J-II
Years of production: 1945-1946
Number produced: about 506 very rare!
Approximate serial number range: 8000-8700

Canon Model J-S
Years of production: 1941-1945
Number produced: about 50 very rare!
Approximate serial number range: 1900-2130

Canon Model “Seiki” S-II (early version)
This early version of the S-II should be engraved “Seiki Kogaku” on the top plate rather than”Canon Camera Company Ltd.”
Years of production: 1946-1949
Number produced: about 2,265
Approximate serial number range: 15000-18000

Canon Model S-II (Late version)
This later version should be engraved “Canon Camera Company Ltd. on the top plate rather than “Seiki Kogaku”
Years of production: 1946-1949
Number produced: about 5,285
Approximate serial number range: 15700-23375

Canon Model IIC 1950
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Canon model designation was IIC, but this is not the same camera as the later model IIC which is very common.
Year of production: 1950
Number produced: about 50 Very rare!
Approximate serial number range: 50000-50199

Canon Model IIB
Years of production: 1949-1952
Number produced: about 14,400
Approximate serial number range: Unknown.

Canon Model III
Years of production: 1951-1952
Number produced: 10,175
Approximate serial number range: 50200-81850

Canon Model IIC
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Years of production: 1951
Number produced: 800 rare
Approximate serial number range: 50200-57850
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Canon Model III
Years of production: 1951-1952
Number produced: 1,400
Approximate serial number range: 51270-67825

Canon Model IIIA
Years of production: 1951-1953
Number produced: 9,025
Approximate serial number range: 61150-105800

Canon Model IID1
Years of production: 1952-1954
Number produced: 2,400
Approximate serial number range: 72400-125000

Canon Model IID2
Years of production: 1955-1956
Number produced: 16,175
Approximate serial number range: 170160-228200

Canon Model IIA
Year of production: 1952
Number produced: under 100 very rare!
Approximate serial number range: 64255-73500

Canon Model IID
Year of production: 1952-1955
Number produced: under 21,725
Approximate serial number range: 64020-160150

Canon Model IVS or IVF
Years of production: 1952-1953
Number produced: 6,900
Approximate serial number range: 52610-8500

Canon Model IIF
Years of production: 1953-1955
Number produced: 11,900
Approximate serial number range: 84380-166050

Canon Model IVSB
Years of production: 1952-1955
Number produced: 34,975
Approximate serial number range: 65760-160000

Canon Model IIS
Years of production: 1954-1955
Number produced: 1,850
Approximate serial number range: 108870-160150

Canon Model IIAF
Year of production: 1953
Number produced: 15 very rare!
Approximate serial number range: 92165-95500

Canon Model IIF2
Year of production: 1955
Number produced: 2,625
Approximate serial number range: 173200-217100

Canon Model IIS2
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Years of production: 1955-1956
Number produced: 16,575
Approximate serial number range: 170000-227000

Canon Model IVSB2
Years of production: 1954-1956
Number produced: 16,800
Approximate serial number range: 122490-229000