CANON Model 7 Rangefinder Camera


CANON Model 7 rangefinder camera

Canon was once a major player in the rangefinder camera market, producing a wide range of models that captured the imagination of photographers everywhere. One of them, the Canon Model 7, has design elements that are similar to the Leica M3, but not exactly the same. It has Canon’s own features and built-in metering, which makes it a unique and special camera. It was also the last rangefinder camera Canon produced, after which Canon shifted its focus to DSLR production. Here’s the Canon Camera Museum, where you can see all their amazing camera models!


The shutter sound of CANON Model 7 is slightly louder than that of Leica. It has a metal shutter. When the shutter speed dial is switched from 15 to 8, it requires a little force and there is a clicking sound. It should be a kind of tactile feedback and sound prompt for switching the shutter speed to slow, which can remind the photographer that the shutter has been switched to a slow speed. But I don’t know if this change in feel is necessary, Leica doesn’t have it.

It’s clear from this machine that Canon is trying to make the user experience more user-friendly by adding some user care features. It seems like all subsequent Canon products have this as a core feature.

Viewfinder of model 7

Manual selection is available for 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, and 100mm wire frames, as well as 135mm wire frames. Leica automatically adjusts the framing according to the lens.


The camera’s focus area is clearly defined, and the viewfinder magnification is not insignificant. However, it is slightly darker than the Leica M. As is the case with all Leica imitations, the center focus area is blurred around the edges. In my estimation, the Leica center square remains the superior option, offering clear edges and enhanced ease of focus. It is evident that Leica continues to excel in this regard.


In 1961, Canon equipped the rangefinder body with an advanced metering system. The metering function of the Canon 7 in my possession exhibited an accuracy that was unexpected. However, the plastic window always appeared somewhat unappealing.

L39 mount

This is a fantastic rangefinder camera! It’s well constructed and would be even more impressive if it had an M mount. Unfortunately, it uses the L39, which unfortunately means it can’t use many of the excellent Leica M-mount lenses.