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Leica style camera with Ernst Leitz Wetzlar lens

andrew kass , May 29, 2013; 10:53 p.m.

I found this camera in my grandfathers closet and really don't know much about it. I've found out the lens is an "Ernst Leitz Wetzlar Summaron f3.5" but am uncertain about the actual camera. Can anyone help a film newb out? Thanks in advance.


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Kent Staubus , May 29, 2013; 11:12 p.m.

It obviously says "Canon" on the top. It's a post war Canon copy of a Leica. Do a search for "Canon rangefinders." The lens is a Leica screw mount, aka LTM.

Kent in SD

David Bebbington , May 29, 2013; 11:21 p.m.

I know Leicas but not Canon particularly well, however this
would suggest it's a Canon VT. The Leitz Summaron, if in good condition, is well worth keeping!

john cox , May 29, 2013; 11:26 p.m.

I'm pretty sure it's a canon L1.

andrew kass , May 30, 2013; 12:40 a.m.

Thanks for the responses. It is indeed a Canon rangefinder, but I'm confused because there is no model number on the bottom of the camera. All other Canon rangefinder's I've seen have the model clearly listed on the bottom-front or bottom of the camera.

andrew kass , May 30, 2013; 12:43 a.m.

here's another angle picture of the lens

David Bebbington , May 30, 2013; 02:40 a.m.

The critical factor with the lens is the presence or absence of haze (thin uniform gray film) or mold (growth that looks something like ice crystals) inside the lens. The way to spot this is to open the lens aperture fully, shine a flashlight through the lens from one side and look at the lens from the other. If the glass is really clean, most people would grade the lens Exc++ (or even, if TOTALLY clean and with no marks on the mount, Mint-. which really means virtually unused). Here are recent e-bay prices:
which as you can see are all over the place! Your lens is the earlier version that takes 36 mm push-on filters (A36) and not the later version which uses 39 mm screw-in filters (E39). AFAIK there is no optical difference between the two - I have an A36 example.

David Bebbington , May 30, 2013; 08:02 a.m.

Just by coincidence - a shot with the 35 mm Summaron just back from the lab - nothing special, except that it's proof that I finally managed to go out with a film camera and take some pictures! Shot with Leica M4 on Tri-X.

St. Margaret's Bay

paul wheatland , May 30, 2013; 08:20 a.m.

If in good shape the Summaron has good resale value should you not keep it. The Canons are fun cameras. You'll have fun shooting with this kit.

John P , May 30, 2013; 12:01 p.m.

That may be a Canon VL No model identification on the body. Like the L-1 but has metal shutter curtains and self timer. Shutter speeds to 1/1000.
A very nice old rangefinder and a great lens too. Have fun with it.

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