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Canon 400/4.5 R

The 400/4.5 Canon R was introduced in January 1960. It focuses by means of the Bellows R. It appears that the only difference between this and the version for the rangefinder is that the rangefinder version uses the Intermediate Tube, and the Canonflex lenses use the Intermediate Tube R, which probably compensate for the differences between the thickness of a Canonflex body compared to a Canon 7 or 7s and the Mirror Box 2. The diaphragm is manual. It was constructed of five elements in four groups, stopped down to f/22 and accepted 48mm filters via a holder in the rear section of the barrel. Minimum focus was just over ten feet. It was supplied with a fitted metal case.

The price in March 1962 was $321.00. It should be noted that these lenses were carried in the Canon catalog through 1971, after the introduction of the FD system.

The 400/4.5 Canon R with its case.