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Late Canon 7s Lenses

LTM = Leica Thread Mount

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Wow!   How would you like to have a Canon collection like this?  

Smaller lenses in front, left to right:  100/2, 50/1.2, 85/1.8, 50/1.4, 100/3.5, 50/1.8, 135/3.5, 50/.95 on camera, 25/3.5, 19/3.5, 28/2.8, 135/2.5 reflex housing lens, 200/3.5 reflex housing lens on camera with Reflex Housing 2,   35/2, 35/1.5. 

Larger Reflex Housing lenses in back row: 400/4.5, 600/5.6, 800/8, 1000/11.

Canon used TWO lens mounts for the later Canon 7 and 7s. The standard lens mount was the 39mm Leica Thread Mount, used for all shorter than 200mm lenses, except the 50/.95 and the 135/2.5.  The 50/.95 used the OUTER bayonet mount, which was only mounted on the 7 and 7s.    The 135/2.5 and longer focal length lenses used the breech mount of the Canon Reflex Housing 2.   The lenses which stand up best today are probably the 50/1.4, 85/1.8, 100/3.5, 100/2, 135/3.5.  While the 19/3.5 and 35/2 had outstanding reputations for their times, they have been surpassed by the modern multi-coated Cosina Voigtlander 15/4.5, 21/4, and 35/1.7. 

The 50/.95 has a special lens mount which fits ONLY the Canon 7 and 7s.  The .95's performance was amazing for its day, but the Leica 50/1 M Noctilux blows it away.   Translation: don't waste your money having the .95 modified to Leica M mount.   You will sometimes see a .95 TV lens (yes, for TV cameras).  TV  50/.95's have NO RF coupling (unless a talented repairman added it after the lens left the factory).  Strangely enough, at least one Russian Fed 2 was converted to take the Canon 50/.95!


These last Canon LTM lenses are considered among the best LTM lenses ever.   IMHO the late  screw mount Canons and the late black screw mount Nikkors are  better as a group than the Leitz screw mount lenses of the same vintage.   The 19/3.5, 35/2, 50/1.4, 85/1.8, 100/2 have outstanding reputations.   All were discontinued by the late 1960's.   Note this is not a complete list of Canon LTM lenses, just the late lenses for the 7s.   Among the missing is the 85/1.5, which was already discontinued.

Rarity:   no code = common     + = Hard to Find       *  =  Extremely Rare

Lens Lens Barrel Elements / Groups Min F/stop Close Focus ft/M Filter Cap Hood Wt Grams
19/3.5 *   Black    9 / 7   16 1.75 & 5       55       57 none

  200

25/3.5 * Chrome 5 / 3 22 3.5 & 1 40 42 none 145
28/3.5 +  Chrome 6/4 22 3.5&1 40 42 none 160
35/2 Black 7/4 22 3.5&1 40 42 none 107
35/f1.5 * Black 8/4 22 3.5&1 48 50 none 185
50/1.8 Black 6/4 22 3.5&1 40 42 S-42 188
50/1.4 Black 6/4 22 3.5&1 48 50 S-50 246
50/1.2  Black 7/4 22 3.5&1 55 57 Exclusive 322
50/ 0.95 *  Black 7/5 16 3.5&1 72 75 Exclusive 605
85/1.8 * Black 5/4 22 3.5&1 58 60 T-60 470
100/2 * Black 6/4 22 3.5&1 58 60 T-60 515
100/3.5 + Black 5/4 22 3.5&1 40 42 T-42 220
135/3.5  Black 4/3 22 5&1.5 40 42 T-50 424
Reflex 135/2.5 + Black 6/4 22 5&1.5 58 60 T-60 500
Reflex 200/3.5 + Black 7/5 22 8&2.5 58 60 T-60 610
Reflex 400/4.5 * Black 5/4 22 8&2.6 48 100 Exclusive 1700
Reflex 600/5.6 *   Black 2/1 32 16&5.1 48 118 Exclusive 2100
Reflex 800/5.6  * Black 2/1 32 31&11 48 112 Exclusive 1900
Reflex 1000/11 * Black 2/1 32 45&15 48 100 Exclusive 1800
Lens  Lens Barrel Elements / Groups Min F/stop Close Focus ft/M Filter Cap Hood Wt Grams

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Canon 50/1.4

 

Want more info on Canon Rangefinders?  Buy Peter Dechert's book Canon Rangefinder Cameras 1933-1968 and Peter Kitchingman's book Canon M39 Rangefinder Lenses 1939-1971.


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