Canon VL                                                                                                                             
Canon Camera Company

Country of origin:


Number made:

Serial no. range:

Shutter speeds:

Standard lens:




555000 - 592000

T,1,2,4,8,15,30 (slow speed dial)
B,30, X,60,125,250,500,1000

Canon 1.2, 1.5, 1.8, 2.8 (all 50mm)

The VL is basically a Canon L1 with a self-timer. Flash synchronisation is provided (FP, M and X). Both black and chrome models were available.

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 VL.

This is the first Canon to have metal shutter curtains

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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