London, South Kensington
9 May 1991
SEIKI KOGAKU, Japan
A rare Hansa Canon camera no. 1082 with pop-up viewfinder, shutter speed dial Z, 20, 30, 40, 60, 100, 200, 500, engraved baseplate no. 2743, a Nippon Kogaku Nikkor f/3.5 5cm. lens no. 50712, camera top plate engraved Hansa Canon, in maker's ever ready case marked Hansa Canon.
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Dechert (1985), Canon rangefinder cameras 1933-1968, p. 34-36.
According to Dechert the Hansa Canon was made from 10/1935 to c.6/1940 with an estimated production of 1100. It was the first marketed Canon camera. This example is in remarkably good condition.
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