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Registered: July 2007

   Canon Rangefinder Model IV 1950 - Very Rare - Best Offer Accepted
Quantity Views Date Posted
1 1234 Thu July 27, 2017
Open Price Shipping Amount Condition
Best Offer None Great
Bids Auction Ends
None Sat August 26, 2017 7:39pm
2 day(s), 21 Hours, 36 Minutes, 41 Seconds
Description:

As some of you know, Peter Dechert passed away last year after living a very fruitful life. I was first introduced to Peter in the early 1990’s by Peter Kitchingman, another good friend of mine who resides in Australia and is also a very avid, knowledgeable Canon Rangefinder collector and author. Over the years, both Peters’ and I had many interesting and enjoyable conversations about vintage Canon equipment and life in general. In late 2006, I purchased what was thought to be an interesting Canon model IV with unusual features. Many of these features closely resembled the Canon IV 1950. So, not knowing exactly what I had really purchased, I turned to Peter Dechert and asked him to give me his expert opinion. The result, after numerous phone conversations and detailed pictures, Peter came to the conclusion that Canon Rangefinder, serial number 50160 was indeed a Canon IV 1950. If you are a collector of Canon Rangefinder equipment, you know how rare this camera is. It has been authenticated by Peter Dechert and the original letter of authenticity is included with this sale. As Peter explains in his letter, “ #50160 is therefore an anomaly.   But, because Canon disclaimed any model IV or other cameras with serial numbers below 50200, whatever #50160 is, it is NOT a Canon designated Model IV. The only other thing it can possibly be, therefore, is a “Canon IV-1950” as differentiated by my article.” (Shutterbug, February 1st, 2006)

The camera and lens are fully functional. The camera has been CLA’d and the camera curtains have been replaced by the well-known Ken Ruth at Photography on Bald Mountain. As you can see from the pictures, the camera body and lens have a very small area of corrosion on the chrome around the lens mount. As Dr. Dechert explains, this corrosion verifies that the camera and lens were originally paired by Canon. There is also a small repair mark above viewfinder which was also repaired by Ken Ruth.

As a reference to potential buyers, below is some infoirmation about known Canon IV 1950's.  This information was submitted to this site by Peter Kitchingman (Thanks Peter!):

"HI Peter,

I have on my database the following "1950" camera serial # with 50mm f/1.9 lenses
#50004 with lens #45765
#50057 " #25923
#50065 ?
#50069 " #38306
#50074 " #20485
#50088 " #38401
#50095 " ?
#50103 ?
#50136 ?

#50160 " #27844
#50162 " #24933
#50163 " #24520
#50170 " #38373
#50187 " #38221
#50193 ?
#50194 ?
#50201 ?
Not sure if you have any more examples to add.

I know that lenses can be switched around but it is interesting to note that #50074 has a very early 50mm f/1.9 lens attached and #50004 has a very late example. It seems that they were working on #50057, #50160, #50162 and #50163 simultaneously as the lenses attached have serial # close together. Cameras with serial #50069, #50088, #50170 and #50187 it seems they were developing later on as again the lens serial # are close together.

Not sure if you have kept records of the developments of the cameras but it would be interesting to see if there is a line of R&D.

The # in red indicate that these are recorded prototype cameras used in official Canon instuction books or Canon adverts that have appeared in Photo magazines. This means there are only EIGHT known examples.

Regards Peter K"

Payment:  PayPal or Cashiers Check.  I am open to other methods of payment.  If personal check, it must clear before I ship.

Shipping: Buyer pays actual shipping cost.  Only USPS Priority Insured with signiture required.  If shipping is outside of the US, a similiar shipping method with insurance and signature is required.

Thanks.

Ron

Keywords: Canon, Rangefinder, 1950, rare, Dechert, camera,

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Location: Los Angeles, California
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Comment Date: Fri July 28, 2017

So, the film in this camera is advanced by rotating the knob? First time I see something like that.



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