Canon L3                                                                                                                     
Manufacturer:
Canon Camera Company

Country of origin:

Produced:

Number made:

Serial no. range:

Shutter speeds:


Standard lens:

Japan

1957-1958

12975

529000 - 592000

T,1,2,4,8,15,30 (slow speed dial)
B,30,60,125,250,500

Canon 1.8 or 2.8 (both 50mm)

The L3 is similar to the Canon L1, but does not have flash synchronisation, or the 1/1000 top speed.

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. This finder is also found on the L1.

The baseplate is engraved MODEL L3.

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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