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Canon P Rangefinder (Black Repaint) with 50mm f/1.4 LTM Lens, Canon P Lightmeter


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Canon P Rangefinder Repainted in Black with Repainted Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM, Canon P Selenium Lightmeter

All cameras come with six months warranty. This Canon P is not a true original black Canon P, as it has been repainted black, and was originally silver. There are minor scuffs on the camera body and lens.

Included in this kit:
1) Canon P Rangefinder Body (Repainted Black), S/N: 736985
2) Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM/M39 Lens (Repainted Black), S/N: 13731
3) Canon P Selenium Light Meter


"The P is a camera beyond the sum of its parts. If a Leica is a Porsche 911, then the Canon P is the original VW Golf GTI. No single part makes it special, but the seamless way everything works together lets this simple camera deliver a surprising amount of performance, and makes it a ton of fun to shoot with..." review by Chris Cushing


The Canon P (P for Populaire) was a rangefinder camera produced by Canon Inc., compatible with the Leica M39 screw mount (LTM). It was introduced in March 1959 and was marketed as a low-cost sister to the Canon VI-L. A black version was also introduced, which today is quite rare. The Canon P is the predecessor to the Canon 7 rangefinder.

This is a Canon P 35mm rangefinder which was sold between 1959 and 1961.  The P stands for “Populaire”, meaning it was marketed as a budget (or popular) choice compared to higher spec Canon cameras.  The P was very similar to the Canon VI-L, but lacking some of it’s features like adjustable viewfinder.  Still, the Canon P is a very well built camera that remains one of the most popular rangefinders of all time.  It uses the same M39 lens mount made popular by Leica and all of it’s clones, meaning that a huge variety of lenses can be used on this camera.  It used a very unique metal foil focal plane shutter that was both more reliable and quieter than the cloth curtains common in rangefinders at the time. The viewfinder is very bright and easy to use and has projected brightlines for 35, 50, and 100 mm lenses.  Although it lacked an exposure meter, there was an accessory meter that clipped onto the cameras shoe which was sold around the same time.


  • Camera Type: Rangefinder (Coupled)

  • Manufacturer: Canon

  • Year of Release: 1959
  • Film Format: 35mm

  • Lens: Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM/M39

  • Shutter Speed Range: 1/1000s to 1s, with Bulb

  • Shutter Speed Type: Metal Steel Foil Focal Plane
  • Flash Mount: Cold Shoe, with M&X Flash Sync





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Type: 35mm Rangefinder

Vendor: Canon

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