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My Canon 7 is engraved "CAMEPA" on the back
Old 10-06-2016   #1
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My Canon 7 is engraved "CAMEPA" on the back

Just wondering if this misspelling was common or not. It's in the engraving and not just paint missing either. I can put up a picture if anyone's interested.
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Just wondering if this misspelling was common or not. It's in the engraving and not just paint missing either. I can put up a picture if anyone's interested.
P in Cyrillic is pronounced R, must be Russian made engraving... Camera in Russian is "камера", so it probably explains...
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Not common - indeed their quality control seems to have had an eye on engravings, more so than Leica and Zeiss, which both produced a sizeable output of mis-engraved cameras IN THEIR OWN NATIVE LANGUAGE AND ALPHABET. Most Japanese engravers in the 1960s probably could not spell the Latin alphabet at all, nonetheless there are few mis-engraved cameras and lenses from the more prestigious Japanese brands...
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P in Cyrillic is pronounced R, must be Russian made engraving...
But C in Cyrillic is S, as in Samera. No, that can't be. Nor Greek (which lacks a C shaped letter).
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But C in Cyrillic is S, as in Samera. No, that can't be. Nor Greek (which lacks a C shaped letter).
maybe just Freudian slip then...
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Old 10-07-2016   #6
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This looks machine-made
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Old 10-07-2016   #7
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They did not have CNC or laser engraving back then. These were done just like jewelry engraving. There is a pantograph by which the human user traces big letters on a pattern (like a stencil). The pantograph translates that motion through an engraving point into a much smaller space on the camera. I've seen this in Leica videos, so it's still going on. But if you miss part of the R in that process, you obviously get P. So not misspelled so much as incomplete.

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Made on a Monday, or Friday maybe.

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It must take crooked photos then!
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the tail of R probably just wore out
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That Canon 7 is worth a small fortune !

It belonged to legendary war photographer Robert Camepa.
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That Canon 7 is worth a small fortune !

It belonged to legendary war photographer Robert Camepa.
That's the second time today I have gotten a laugh from a forum post.

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here's a photo

As you can see in the photo, it's definitely engraved that way and there was never any paint to rub off.
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Ha!

It's a bogus, made in JARAN!
Or it is not Canon at all (should be Kanon)
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Actually there is quite a strong possibility that it might be a collector's item due to this mistake.
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This is odd because its a late serial number too, I could imagine a mistake like this on an earlier camera but on a late one?
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Actually there is quite a strong possibility that it might be a collector's item due to this mistake.
I'm hoping for the same on this bottle of Snapple...
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This is odd because its a late serial number too, I could imagine a mistake like this on an earlier camera but on a late one?
Disregard what I said there, wrong image i responded to.

This is actually a fairly low SN so actually it backs up the theory it could be a mistake in manufacturing that could have maybe been fixed later on
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Disregard what I said there, wrong image i responded to.

This is actually a fairly low SN so actually it backs up the theory it could be a mistake in manufacturing that could have maybe been fixed later on
Is there a serial no database? What year is this camera from? I know the range but I would like to figure out all the info I can.
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Granit,
As far as I know there is no serial number database, this is something I have done a lot of research trying to find. From the few things I have seen I would recommend trying the canon rangefinder book. There was a website which apparently could help with this but it no longer exists. I remember the name on this forum being Peter something, hopefully someone wil know him as he apparently knows a lot about the canon RF system.

The little info I can give is that my serial number is 890531 and that was brought in 1963.

Hope my ramblings might be of help
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Is there a serial no database? What year is this camera from? I know the range but I would like to figure out all the info I can.
Here found this on a forum with peters name:
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As a postscript, I contacted Peter Kitchingman and he was very helpful in establishing the provenance of my Canon 7. He maintains a database and actually had the serial number of my machine on file.


Hyperlinked to the thread I found it
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Is there a serial no database? What year is this camera from? I know the range but I would like to figure out all the info I can.
Years ago, I kept a Canon 7 serial number database.

Production of the Canon 7 began with serial number 800001. The last serial number is around 942XXX. While Canon started to date code their cameras in 1960, the first date codes on the 7 popped up in 1964 (E). The mis-engraved camera in question was made late in 1964, or even early 1965.

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Thanks a lot guys, I also have the original manual in Japanese and the box if anyone's interested in seeing those.
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Thanks a lot guys, I also have the original manual in Japanese and the box if anyone's interested in seeing those.
Yes I would love to see these!
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Clearly the explanation for the anomaly is that James Bond, agent 007 was the owner of this one and wanted something out of the ordinary!
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Clearly the explanation for the anomaly is that James Bond, agent 007 was the owner of this one and wanted something out of the ordinary!
It's funny I didn't notice that it's a 007 edition until my friend pointed it out to me. I think this camepa is definitely a keeper!
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