Hansa Canon was a modified version of the Kwanon camera, the rights to sell it were transferred to the then more famous company Hansa, hence the joint name.

It was an inexpensive, reliable and unpretentious Japanese rangefinder camera using 135 type film. It was equipped with a Nikkor 50mm f3,5 lens. The optics of the lenses, the viewfinder (Galileo tube of the reverse type) and the rangefinder were ordered from Nippon Kogaku (for the first time Nippon Kogaku lenses (in the future Nikon) were used in civilian models of photographic equipment), the device was equipped with coils and cassettes for film, a hood and a case.

Hansa Canon camera, according to some reports, was released on the market in 1935, although the official delivery date is February 1936. All the pleasure was worth 245 yen. The viewfinder was called the "surprise box" because it popped up when the shutter button was pressed. Saburo Yoshida, brother of Goro Yoshida, insisted on changing the brand name from "Kwanon" to "Canon", arguing that the name should be euphonic and appropriate for its time.

The name "Canon" (rus - canon - established traditions, here - quality traditions) also refers to religious terms. Hansa is a trademark of a Canon distributor and a trademark of Omiya Photo Supply. The serial number of the hansa canon camera was engraved on the back of the bottom cover.

Camera Specifications

Camera type 35mm camera with focal point gateohm
Print size 24 x 36 mm
Lens included Nikkor 50mm f / 3.5 (Tessar with 4 elements in 3 groups)
Mount lens Nikon RF bayonet mount
Shutter Biaxial focal gate with fabric curtains. The shutter speed dial contains Z (Zeit or bulb), 1/20, 1/30, 1/40, 1/60, 1/100, 1/200, 1/500 sec.
Viewfinder Retractable reverse Galileo viewfinder.
Loading Film After removing the bottom cover, the film cassette is inserted inward.
Frame counter Manual entry from 0 to 36 on the front cover of the camera.
Film rewind Rewind knob on top cover
Dimensions and weight 136.5 x 69 x 31 mm, 640 g (Nikkor 50mm f / 3.5 lens)


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