The price ranges shown are the approximate amount one should expect to have to pay for a Canon camera in excellent, but used, condition. Camera should be fully functional as a classic camera with a mostly clean appearance, showing light signs of use or age. Mechanics should be working, but may need a CLA service. Pricing was gathered from sales on RFF, photo.net, ebay auctions, KEH.com, Kohs.com, and other camera dealers. Prices are biased towards ebay auctions. Expect to pay +10 to +20% more buying from a dealer. Listed in chronological order. Cameras finished in black enamel carry significant premiums, most are rare and worth $ 2,000-4000. Prices are for the camera body only. Lenses mentioned are lenses that were originally offered for the camera. Lenses will add to value, especially if rare or a fast lens. Note - prices have dropped significantly in the last 6 months. Updated May 2011
Please note: only the Canon's that featured the universal 39mm Leica screw mount are listed. Older models are far less common and featured non-standard lens mounts.
*Rarity: Number Made R1=<100.....R2=100 to 1000.....R3=1000 to 3000.....R4=3000 to 10000.....R5=10000 to 20000.....R6=20000 to 35000.....R7=90000 to 95000.....R8=135000 to 140000
Canon II B
Made 1949-52. Shutter to 1/500. First body to have 3 level VF/RF magnification (.67x, 1x and 1.5x) via a lever. Film After baseplate removal, drop-in bottom loading. Slow speed dial starts at 1/20. Serenar 50/1.9
Canon II C
Made 1950-51. Similiar to IIB but slow speed dial starts at 1/25 and includes T setting. Serenar 50/1.9
Made 1951-52. Shutter to 1/1000. Improved IIC with improved shutter/curatin and finer exterior finishes. Serenar 50/1.9
Made 1951-52. Shutter to 1/1000. Flash sync rail. No X sync. Marked "Canon Camera Co. Inc." Serenar 50/1.9, later 50/1.8
Canon III A
Made 1951-53. Like the III, but has film speed reminder and magnification lever is now one solid piece. Serenar 50/1.8
Canon IV F
Made 1952. Like the IV, but has film speed reminder and mag. lever is one solid piece. Flash Sync Rail. Body now all diecast chassis. Serenar 50/1.8
Canon II A
Made 1952-53. Shutter to 1/500 with no slow speeds below 1/8. Metal patch covers where slow speed would normally be. Rare.
Canon IV SB
Made 1952-55. Shutter to 1/1000. Slow speed dial starts at 1/25. X sync marked on slow dial at 1/15 area. Flash Sync rail. Serenar/Canon 50/1.8 or 50/1.5
Canon II D
Made 1952-55. Shutter to 1/500. Slow speed dial starts at 1/25. Mag. lever is one solid piece. Film speed reminder. Flash sync rail. Serenar 50/3.5, 50/2.8 or 50/1.8
Canon II D1
Made 1952-54. Like IID, but with film speed reminder. Fairly uncommon
Canon II AF
$ 3000 ?
Made 1953. Like IIA, but has Flash Sync Rail. Rare.
Canon II F
Made 1953-55. Shutter to 1/500. Slow speed dial starts at 1/25. Flash sync rail but FP only. Canon 50/1.8
Canon II S
Made 1954-55. Like IIF, but with X sync marked on slow dial at 1/15 area. Canon 50/1.8
Canon IV SB2
Made 1954-56. Shutter to 1/1000. X sync marked at 1/15 & 1/45 area. Flash Sync rail. Exposure counter. Canon 50/1.8 or 50/1.5
Canon II S2
Made 1955-56. Identical to IVSB2 but with 1/500 shutter. Canon 50/1.8 or 50/1.5
Canon II D2
Made 1955-56. Like IIS2, but without flash sync rail. Canon 50/2.8 or 50/1.8
Canon II F2
Made 1955-56. Like IIS2, with FP only flash sync rail. Uncommon. Canon 50/2.8 or 50/1.8
Made 1956-57. Trigger wind and new hinged back for film loading. Shutter to 1/1000. 1/50 X sync. Self Timer. 3 mode VF. Canon 50/1.8 or 1.2
Canon L 2
Made 1957. VT with top mounted lever wind instead of trigger. No self timer. FP sync only. Canon 50/2.8 or 1.8
Canon VT Deluxe
Made 1957. Like VT with new rewind crank. Canon 50/1.2 and 50/1.8
Canon L 1
Made 1957. Like L2, but with X sync. Later models had steel shutter curtains. Canon 50/1.8 or 1.2
Canon VT Deluxe Z
Made 1957-58. VT Deluxe with safety latch for opening back. Canon 50/1.8 or 1.2
Canon VT Deluxe M
Made 1957-58. VT Deluxe with Metal (steel) shutter curtains and new silver coated finder optics. Canon 50/1.8 or 1.2
Made 1957-58. Like L2, but no sync. Canon 50/2.8
Made 1957-58. Basically the VT Deluxe M with Lever wind. Canon 50/1.2
Canon VL 2
Made 1958. Basically the VL with 1/500 shutter and rewind know rather than crank. Canon 50/2.8 or 50/1.8
Canon VI T
Made 1958-60. 1st model with single shutter speed dial. Trigger wind. Bright lines for 50 & 100 lenses and automatic parallax correction. X sync at 1/55. Canon 50/1.2. 8,175 produced. Serial # run 600xxx to 620xxx.
Canon VI L
Made 1958-60. Like VI T with Lever wind. X sync at 1/55. Canon 50/1.8 or 50/1.2. About 10,000 produced.
Made 1959-61. 3 Mode finder removed. Reflective lines in finder for 50 & 100 lenses. Automatic parallax correction. X sync at 1/55. Canon 50/2.8 or 50/1.4
Made 1961-64. Like VI L with built-in exposure meter. VF has selectable projected frames for 35,50,85/100 & 135 lenses. 1/60 X sync. Canon 50/1.4 or 50/.95. 137,250 produced. Serial # run 800xxx to 999xxx.
Canon 7 S
Made 1965-67. Like 7 but CdS meter replaces selenium meter of the 7. Accessory shoe added. RF adjustment port in front of shutter dial. Canon 50/1.8, 50/1.4, 50/1.2 or 50/.95. About 16,000 produced. Serial # run 100xxx to 1185xx.
Canon 7 SZ
Made 1967-68. Like 7S but RF adjustment port moved to the "N" and Canon marking on camera top. Final Canon RF camera. Canon 50/1.8, 50/1.4, 50/1.2 or 50/.95. About 4,000 produced. Serial # run 115xxx to 123xxx.