Film Cameras

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35mm Focal-Plane Shutter Rangefinder Camera

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Marketed Mar 1959
Original Price 52,700 yen (w/50mm f/1.4)
37,700 yen (w/50mm f/2.8)

The "P" for "Populaire" may have been an ironic name for this exclusive-looking camera. By omitting the three-mode optical viewfinder, the price could be lowered. The viewfinder magnification was fixed at 1x for the 35mm lens. Reflective frames for 50mm and 100mm lenses were inscribed for automatic parallax correction. The parallax correction pin on the accessory shoe featured in other V-series cameras was gone.This camera targeted people who used lens focal lengths from 35mm to 100mm. The compromise in price and features worked well to boost sales to almost 100,000 units.

Type 35mm focal-plane shutter rangefinder camera
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens Canon 50mm f/1.4, 50mm f/2.8
Lens Mount Threaded mount
Shutter Two-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with metal curtains. Single-axis non-rotating dial for X, B, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, and 1/1000 sec. Equipped with built-in self-timer.
Flash Sync FP- and X-sync (automatic-switching sync contacts, X-sync speed of 1/55 sec., and bayonet terminal socket on camera side).
Viewfinder Coincidence rangefinder integrated with Lumi-field viewfinder featuring frames for 50mm and 100mm lenses within the full field for 35mm lens. Automatic parallax correction.
Exposure MeterAperture-reading selenium photocell coupled to the shutter speed dial. Metering range (at ISO 100) switchable between EV 10 - 19 (high) and EV 4 - 13 (low). With the low-light booster attached, metering to EV 2 is possible.
Film Loading &
After opening camera back, insertion onto spool. Advances with camera-top advance lever (130 single or partial strokes).
Frame CounterCounts from 0 to 40 and resets automatically when camera back is opened. Film advance and rewind status indicator provided.
Film Rewind Collapsible crank
Dimensions &
144 x 76 x 71 mm, 790 g (with 50mm f/2.8)