History Lesson – 1959 Canonflex

Something different
Weekends can be pretty slow for news and rumors, but I still want to add content. So I’m going to try a few history lessons for the folks out there. I’m in the process of collecting various Canon cameras. I’ll give a brief history lesson every so often about each of them.

Canon’s first SLR Camera Body
I finally acquired one of these historical Canon camera bodies yesterday.

Released: March 1959
Discontinued:
August 1959
Production:
17,000 Units (Compared to the Nikon F which shipped 862,000.)
Weirdness:
Bottom winder. You could wind pretty fast, but don’t try to use a tripod!
Feature: Removable Pentaprism

CR Guys Canonflex

CR Guy's Canonflex

You can read more about the Canonflex here: http://www.cameraquest.com/canonflx.htm

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