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Registered: July 2005
Location: Melbourne Victoria OZ

   SEIKI / CANON. Rangefinder Lens book 1939-1971....Ideal XMAS Pressy from a Partner
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1 $54.00 2170 Wed July 3, 2019
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$54.00 $45.00 Excellent
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I am a member of the online Rangefinder Forum (RFF) and the Canon Historical Society on facebook or google my name.

This is a Self-Published labour of love...

As Frank Sinatra sang "Ï did it my way" and if I had given it to a publisher.... it would never have been done!

Organise with a friend or fellow collector to purchase 2 or more and save on postage costs.

Some kind remarks about the book,

  1. Hallo Peter,  I received your book today and I am sort of dumbfounded. Fore sure, I expectet a well made and interesting book, but what I received is somewhat like a piece of art, comparable with Thomas G. Muellers masterpiece BMW M5 Chronik. That is worth a huge compliment. It will receive a place of honor on the shelf, and I will enjoy to read it an to learn from. Maybe this book is the beginning of a love to rangefinder cameras. Who knows? Regards    Johannes Gerstl   (Austria)
  2. Hi Peter, Just had a brief look at The Book, I only opened it today as it is a birthday present from my partner. Well done for producing it in Australia and for the time it must have taken you!   Geoff
  3. Hi Peter,   I purchased 2 copies of your book as I liked it so much that I know one copy is going to get dog-eared with use and the other copy I want to keep as a long term reference book. It is clearly the best book in the field that I have come across and is very cheap when compared to many of the essential Leica lense volumes.   Cheers   Adrian  (Sydney)
  4. Hi Peter,  The book itself is magnificent, thanks for the obvious amount of work you put in there! What a pity I read on your site that you do no longer pursue your plans for similar books concerning the camera bodies and the accessories. Well, seems, Peter Dechert's book has to soldier on for the time being as the definitive reference on Canon's RF-Cameras. Maybe you change your mind again ;-). Please drop me a line if you do, though.  All the best Patrick
  5. Bonjour Peter,    Le livre est bien arrivé et l'emballage l'a très bien protégé. Merci pour la petite dédicace! J'ai hâte de tout lire, même si cela aurait été plus facile pour moi dans la langue de Molière que dans celle de Shakespeare!     Merci pour tout (et aussi à Julie pour la traduction Smile ),      Cordialement       Philippe  (France)

The Seiki Kogaku / Canon Inc  Rangefinder Lens book contents are

  1. Introduction
  2. Canon Company History…Changes in Canon name and locations as well camera body and lens markings.
  3. Canon Serial Numbers…how Canon devised there numbering system
  4. Prototype Lenses
  5. Special Markings on Lenses…CPO, EP, MIOJ and others
  6. The Nippon-Kogaku Connection
  7. Ultra-Wide-Angle lenses….19mm,25mm,28mm
  8. Wide-Angle-Lenses…35mm
  9. Standard lenses….50mm, 75mm (read about the only known Japanese Imperial Army Fingerprint camera which has survived)
  10. Long Focus Lenses…85mm
  11. Telephoto Lenses…100mm, 135mm
  12. Mirror Box Lenses…135mm, 200mm
  13. Long Telephoto Lenses…20cm,400mm, 600mm, 800mm, 1000mm
  14. Charts and References…Lens and Camera 1945-56 production charts, Canon timeline chart

It can answer the following question.

  1. Where does your lens fit into the Canon era between 1939 and 1971?
  2. Does the lens have an odd engraving on the barrel somewhere such as Japan, CPO, EP, CT, USA Army Corp etc?
  3. Is there a six-digit serial number as most early CANON lenses only had five digits?
  4. Does it have Seiki Kogaku instead of Canon Lens if so it could be rare if not unusual?
  5. Some early lenses had SERENAR instead of CANON LENS find out why?
  6. Why do some lenses have “Made in Occupied Japan” rear caps?
  7. Why does my camera have a Nikon Nikkor lens attached?
  8. Canon made some early lenses to fit the Zeiss Contax and Exacta cameras
  9. Find out why Canon produced accessories to match the details on the ID ring of the lenses.
  10. Why does some Canon lenses fit my Leica and others do not?

Detailed columns on each lens include,

  1. ID ring identification and serial # range
  2. Date of manufacture and rarity
  3. Coatings
  4. # of Elements and diaphragm blades
  5. Angle of View
  6. Weight, length, diameter
  7. # of Apertures and DOF scale
  8. Focusing range and Infra Red markings
  9. Attachments relating to that lens
  10. Schematic and Designers name 
  11. and more   
  12. Build up a collection where the combinations of Camera/Lens/Accessories all match the era when that camera/lens was produced.

YES, all these can be answered in my book as there are

216 pages with 370 high quality B&W photos and easy to follow for the non-English speaking collector,

Each book is individually numbered and signed if requested 

Hard Cover and case bound, high quality book, some say a Coffee Table Book.  

This is the only book researched in depth and written about the Canon Rangefinder M39 Lenses from 1939 to 1971. 

Book has been researched (9 years), designed, printed and bound in Perth, West Australia.

A MUST for any collector especially those who are interested in Leica Thread Mount lenses (LTM).

ALAS....there will be NO second or third book printed as mentioned in this book due to costs involved to do a similar book...sorry!!!

Book is packed in specially made box with double layer of bubble wrap and weighs 1675grms or 3lb 7oz 

Alas it's heavy and I should have done it smaller but before 2008 GFC it would have been OK...that’s life! 

*****INTERNATIONAL Payment options

Payment method for INTERNATIONAL winners is PAYPAL.

 

 

Keywords: KItchingman Canon Seiki-Kogaku M39 Nikon Leica LTM Rangefinder

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Do you have any representative spreads you can share?

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I have seen pages from this book -- excellent! alexfilm, don't hesitate and make sure to request a signed copy.


This book is a massive bargain at $54USD. Unfortunately, I'm no longer in a position to take advantage of such great bargains as this. Perhaps after 2020 sanity will return to the US.
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It's a masterpiece! I bought this book many years ago. Beautiful design (its hardcover is classic), top quality printing. And I am very happy to own this book for my Canon ltm collection.†



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One of the finest books I've seen and owned. The information is not the only reason: the paper, binding, photography, and lay out are superb. I leave it out as a "coffee table art book" because it is so special. No need to see examples, spreads, etc: dive in and BUY IT and you will not be disappointed.

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This book "has been very, very good to me." It answers many of the questions that get asked on RFF about Canon lenses.
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this book will guide you to purchase the best canon lenses in leica mount


probably save more than it costs finding rare items†

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I have this book. Itís a treasure. GLWTS.

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This is an ABSOLUTELY GREAT CANON RANGEFINDER BOOK!


If you are serious about Canon Rangefinders, buy this book!


You need it!


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bideford
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An masterpiece.


I do not think thare is a book on any other lens manufacturer to match it.


If you like your Canon rangefinder lenses this is a must.


Bravo Peter



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I really love this book.



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