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Canon IIIA
France Version française
Photos by JPG text by JPG. From the collection of JPG. Last update 2012-02-14 par Eric Borel.

Manufactured or assembled in Japan from 1951 to (After) 1951.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 10525

See the complete technical specifications
Chronology of cameras Canon 

Traduction de Manuel M

Canon IIIA was produced December 1951 to September 1953.
Number of produced specimens: 9,025

Compared to III:

The magnifying glass of focusing of the rangefinder is operated by a new lever made up of only one part.
The button of cocking has a window of recall of the type of film used

Many hybrids with III are met. At least, three types of engraving of the hood are identified.
The red point, placed beside “Japan” indicates one “3rd type”, i.e. most recent.
A US model ARMY exists. This mention is then engraved on the sole.

Principal characteristics:

Serial numbers: 61150 to 105800
Interchangeable lenses with the Leica standard screwing of 39mm and coupled with the rangefinder.
Rangefinder viewfinder combined for 50mm. No frame nor of correction of parallax. Round telemetric Image.
Magnifying glass of focusing of the rangefinder with 3 positions: F - 1x and 1.5x, actuated by a lever made up of only one part.
Focal plane shutter, allowing fast speeds, of the 1/25s to the 1/1000s + T, by serrated roller on the hood and slow speeds of 1s to the 1/25s by separated serrated roller, located on the front face of the body.
35mm for exposures 24x36mm
No synchronization, nor socket for flash.
Loading by the sole.
The button of cocking has a window of recall of the type of film used
Standard lens: Canon Serenar 50mm f1.9 or 3.5. New superb Serenar 50mm f1.8 is available.
Engraving “MADE IN JAPAN” on the sole.
Compatibility with the fast cocking by trigger, which will be the trademark of several later models.

Picture one: IIIA 3rd type - n°: 81727
with new Canon SERENAR - f1.8-16 of 5cm

Picture two: Detail of recall of film

Picture three: new selector RF 1 coin

Picture four: view of the IIIA mounted with the SERENAR f4-16 of 135mm + its viewfinder


Canon IIIA
IIIA 3ème type - n° : 81727 avec le nouveau Canon SERENAR – f1.8-16 de 5cm

Canon IIIA

Canon IIIA

Canon IIIA