Canon IIF2 “EP” 1955 vintage 35mm Rangefinder Camera Bundle
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1950s vintage Canon Rangefinder outfit:
• Canon IIF2 camera body — Rare! Only 2625 made.
• Canon 50mm f1.8 lens, with original metal lens cap
• Canon shutter release
• Canon ERC, Ever-ready type leather holster
• Canon zippered leather outfit bag
CAMERA BODY — Canon Model IIF2, serial number 190596 engraved on the top plate along with "EP" and "Canon Camera Company Inc. Japan". It has its original film take-up spool, and its original leather strap. Operational checks: Speed settings accurate to ear, Watch the VIDEO; shutter clicks begin at 1:30. Film counter advances, ASA Film Speed dial is settable. Lever below the rewind knob operates the optical viewfinder magnification that covers 50mm (F), 100mm (1x), and 135mm (1.5x) lenses, Rangefinder function appears accurate (tape measure check correlates with markings on the lens barrel.) This camera shows few signs of ever being used and has likely never in its long life been disassembled, so you should probably plan on doing a CLA prior to use.
LENS — Canon 50mm f1.8, serial number 145909, with original Canon metal push-on front lens cap. Focus mechanism and aperture diaphragm are both smooth, built-in infinity focus lock. Outer elements look fine, possible anomaly or degradation on the outer edge/mount of one of the inner elements, please carefully study the photos.
SHUTTER RELEASE — Clean and in nearly new condition: Genuine Canon Shutter Release Cable for 1950s vintage rangefinder camera, overall length is 265 mm, 10.5 inches.
LEATHER HOLSTER, "Ever Ready" — Canon logo on the front, "Canon" with bird/phoenix logo and "Made in Japan" on the back. Excellent condition, just some creases on the leather "hinge" areas. Lined with red-colored fabric.
LEATHER OUTFIT BAG — "Canon" on the front. Brown leather outside with red suede inside, this bag is specifically designed to hold this camera and flash unit. Wear and scuffing on the outside, the largest inside compartment is torn and sewn, the zippers work. Has a pair of tripod-straps built into the bottom.
Similar to the Canon IIF — but much rarer — Model IIF2 is confirmed by serial number range (173200-217100), and described in Deschert's book as a total of 2625 made around 1955 - 1956. The engraved "EP" on the top plate stands for "Exchange Post", and indicates that this camera was purchased through the US military Exchange. Functionally like the IIF, except speed dials split at 30, differs from the much more common IIS2 by lack of electronic flash synch.