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Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman Peter Dechert is best known for his Canon Rangefinder, Canon SLR, and Olympus Pen books, the latter two long out-of-print. He was a monthly columnist for many years for SHUTTERBUG magazine, and has contributed to many others. Most recently he has written about the pre-WW2 Zeiss 35mm cameras, but his interests in camera equipment and optics are many and varied. As a pro protographer and honorary life member of ASMP, Peter is also expert in using the gear! Peter Kitchingman - author of Canon Rangefinder Lens book Peter Kitchingman's 'Canon M39 Rangefinder Lenses 1939-71' book is the definitive source on these very interesting optics. His interests also go to the entire Canon Rangefinder system and beyond.

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Old 09-22-2018   #1
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Canon P Black Paint

No. 773451 Anyone here who can confirm that this serial number on my Canon P is a original Black version .. It has bras under the paint. No. 773451


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Looks like the real deal. Real black Canon rangefinders have black painted strap lugs and a white dot on the self timer.

If you're on Facebook, consider joining the Canon Historical Society group. Lot of knowledgable Canon folks there, including Peter Kitchingman. I know Peter has a data base of black Canon P's.

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Thanks! Will do... Thats a great tip.. This Canon P has a very different heavy feel and smooth shutter sound compared to another Black P that had Chrome base which felt much more hollow.


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I also noted that you have a chrome "pin-face" on the self-timer lever. That was not standard. Black P's had a black pin-face too. My guess is that yours was replaced at some time.

My authentic, black Canon P for comparison.



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Yes your right about the Chrome pin on the self timer.. it also has a rather worn look overall.. Which I don’t mind ;-) Your P look stunning! Thanks again, I Found the fb group. Best regards Christian.


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I once owned a black Canonet. I bet these cameras are great.
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Nice, always liked the black paint Ps but never really was sure if they were brass underneath, is it the 7 that is silver under the black paint?
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What underlies a black-bodied Canon rangefinder is of some dispute. My black P is brass, I’m told the 7 is brass too. Other earlier Canon’s may be chrome. This topic has been debated on the Canon Historical Society group on FB

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No. 773451 Anyone here who can confirm that this serial number on my Canon P is a original Black version .. It has bras under the paint.
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I am thinking very hard about getting a Canon P that has been repainted black for around $300. A factory original black would be around $1500-$200 from what I can tell.

The one I saw that I really liked was this one in olive:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rear-OLIVE-...68p8:rk:1:pf:0

But at $700 seems a bit steep for a different shade of re-paint.

I could always get a Leica M2 in black but my budget says a poor man's Leica M2 is the Canon P.

Or throw caution to the wind and buy this M2 repaint with motor coupling to match my chrome M3-MOT:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Leica-M2-Bl...VrZ:rk:13:pf:0

I do need one more LTM body & even though I bought the 35mm F/2 Canon for my IIIf, it would sit nice on a Canon P body. I have a hard time taking the CV 21mm f/4 off the IIf.
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