Canon Rangefinder Long 200mm to 1000mm Lenses


A Description of Canon Rangefinder 200mm to 1000mm Telephoto Lenses produced 1946-1970


Canon 200mm 400mm

(l) a Canon 200mm f3.5 and (r) a Canon 400mm f4.5 lenses for use with a Canon Reflex Housing


Canon Long Telephoto Lenses: 200mm to 1000mm


Peter Dechert in Canon Rangefinder Cameras 1933-1968 describes Canon's first long lens: a Seiki Kogaku 20cm f4.0 lens manufactured in small numbers during September, October 1946. 1 According to Dechert, only one of these lenses is known to have survived, and is shown below in its specially fitted box.


S-K 20cm f4 lens

a unique Seiki-Kogaku 20cm f4.0 lens of 1946 in its fitted box and mounted on a Canon S-II


Canon Reflex Housing 1 and Long Telephoto Lenses


In March 1957 2, Canon introduced the Canon Reflex Housing and a 200mm f3.5 lens which could be attached to the Reflex housing for focusing, as shown in the photograph below.


Canon Reflex Housing 1

the Canon Reflex Housing 1 with a 1957 200mm f3.5 telephoto mounted on a Canon P body


Canon 400mm f4.5


In the summer of 1956, Canon introduced the Canon 400mm f4.5 for mounting on the Canon Refles Housing 1


Canon 400 f4.5

Description of the Canon 400mm f4.5 from the contemporaneous Canon catalogue


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1 Dechert, Peter. Canon Rangefinder Cameras 1933-1968. Hove Collectors Books. West Sussex, United Kingdom. 1985. ISBN 0-906447-30-5.
Peter Dechert's book is the most important expert source of information regarding Canon Rangefinder Cameras.
2 Kitchingman, Peter. Canon M39 Rangefinder Lenses 1939-1971. A Collector's Guide. Published by Peter Kitchingman. Perth, Australia. 2008. ISBN 978-0-646-48144-9.
Peter Kitchingman's book is the definitive study of the more than three decades of M39 format camera lenses developed for Canon Rangefinder Cameras.
3 Nostalgic Canon Camera Book. 懐かしいキヤノン EI Publishing Co. Ltd. Tokyo, Japan. June 2003.
Peter Kitchingman's book is the definitive study of the more than three decades of M39 format camera lenses developed for Canon Rangefinder Cameras.
4 "Canon Camera Museum" history website. published by Canon, Inc. accessed in 2019.
5 Rajner, Hans P. (author), John Wade (editor). Leica Copies. Classic Collections Publications. London, UK. ISBN 13: 9781874485056
Hans P. Rajner's book is an excellently detailed and carefully researched study of camera from around the world which used the Leica M39 lens mount and the same lens to film plane distance.
7 Dechert, Peter. Canon Single Lens Reflex Cameras 1959-1991. Historical Camera Publications. Yakima, Washington. 1992. ISBN 1-879561-04-2.
8 Tomlinson, Shawn M. The Film Photography Book. Lulu Pulbications. 2016. ISBN: 9781365263972
9 Sartorius, Ghester. Identifying Leica Lenses. Classic Camera 19. Tokyo, Japan. 2001. ISBN 4-257-12029-0
10 website consulted 2019.
11 O'Reagan, Douglas M. Allied Exploitation of German Science after World War II. Johns Hopkins University Press. Baltimore, Maryland. 2019. ISBN 9781421428888
12 website consulted 2008.
13 Minolta expert Andrea Aprà has posted information on minoltarangefinders group and other groups and further detailed information by email. (thanks Andrea !)
14 website consulted 2019.
15 Small, Marc James. Non-Leitz Leica Thread-Mount Lenses. Wittig Books. Hückelhoven, Germany. 1997. ISBN 3-930359-47-2.
16 the Nikon Corporation website: consulted 2019.
17 p 152. Ray, Sidney F. Photographic Lens ISBN 9780240510323
18 website accessed 2019
19 Wilkinson, M. and Glanfield, C. A Lens Collector's vade mecum Draft Paper Edition 1997. revised 2001.

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