Canon 7

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Canon 7
Canon 7 with 50mm f0.95 IMG 0374.JPG
Type 35 mm rangefinder camera
Lens mount Leica M39 Screw Mount with special bayonet mount for 50 mm f0.95 lens
Focus manual
Exposure manual
Flash None on the 7; External cold shoe on the 7s
Dimensions 140 mm × 81 mm × 31 mm

The Canon 7 was a rangefinder system camera produced by Canon Inc., the last compatible with the Leica M39 lens mount. It was introduced in September 1961, with an integrated Selenium meter cell. Further versions, branded Canon 7s and Canon 7s Type II (or Canon 7sZ), modified the design slightly by introducing a cadmium sulfide cell.

The Canon 7 came as the first Canon reflex cameras were already on the market, but it was felt that there was a need for a fast-shooting rangefinder camera for reportage. In this niche, the Canon 7 came into direct competition with the Leica M3.

Some Canon 7s were sold in the USA as a Bell & Howell; the Canon/Bell & Howell partnership lasted until 1975.

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