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I have come into possession of a Canon rangefinder but I'm not sure what model it is. On the basis of various clues, including the shutter speeds available and the serial number, I know it is either a IIS2 or a IID2, but I can't tell which one. Is there some way to distinguish between these two?

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Google "Pacific Rim Camera" as they have an excellent article describing the differences in the Canon rangefinder cameras. One of the answers has cut and pasted a portion of PRC's work. This is how I discovered the identity of my IIS2. –  user20393 Jun 10 '13 at 19:27

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According to this page, the IID2 has no flash capacity, while the IIS2 does.

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The IID2, like the rest of the IID line has no flash capacity. Built through 1956, production was slightly over 16,000 units.

Like the IIF, the IIF2 has flash provision for bulbs only, the slow speed dial has no X on it. Unlike the IIF, this was a low production camera (2625), and was discontinued in Nov of 1955.

The IIS2, if you haven't already figured it out, has all of the features of the IIF2, but it also has an x-sych for electronic flash, marked on the slow spped dial. This was a popular model, with production of over 16,000 units, and discontinued in 1956.

Hope it helps.

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I understand the functional difference, but is there some way to distinguish them by looking? From photographs, these cameras look identical. How would I be able to distinguish these from each other, and from the IIF2, which also looks the same? Thanks. –  Michael Stern May 9 '13 at 16:45
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@MichaelStern The flash capacity should have a visual difference. Either there is a way to hook up a flash bulb or there isn't. –  AJ Henderson May 9 '13 at 17:37
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The "way to hook up a flash", by the way, is an accessory rail on the left-hand side of the camera body, below the strap lug. You won't find a PC terminal or a hot shoe. –  user2719 May 9 '13 at 18:53
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Ah! I was looking only at the top of the camera. The accessory rail had escaped me. Looks like I have a IIS2 and a IIF2. Thank you. –  Michael Stern May 9 '13 at 20:50

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