The L2 was actually the first produced in this series. It was the first lever wind Canon. Produced from Dec. 1956 thru May of 1957 for 7350 units. It had a top speed of 1/500.
In Feb of 1957 Canon introduced the L1, which is an L2 with a top speed of 1/1000. Production ended in Dec. 1957 after 7975 were built.
In late 1957 Canon introduced a budget version of the already budget version L2, the L3. The L3 was the last Canon without flash synch, and the last of the L-series to end production after 12,975 were built in Dec 1958.
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