Canon L2                                                                                                                              
Canon Camera Company

Country of origin:


Number made:

Serial no. range:

Shutter speeds:

Standard lens:


1956 - 1957


5058500 - 583000

T,1,2,4,8,15,30 (slow speed dial)

Canon 1.8 or 2.8 (both 50mm)

The L2 is a simpler version of the Canon VT. It was the first Canon with a lever to advance the film. Unlike the VT, it does not have a self-timer. Flash synchronisation is provided (FP only).

Earlier Canon rangefinders (starting with the IIB) have a lever next to the rewind knob which operates the optical finder. This changed with the introduction, on the VT, of a finder window on the top plate in line with the viewfinder. A wheel to the side of the viewfinder sets the finder and moves an arrow in the finder window to one of three positions. These are marked 50, 35 and RF.

The baseplate is engraved MODEL L2.

The top of the camera has the following inscription:

A serial number appears to the right of this. The circular finder window is visible, below the logo.
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