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Canon Canonflex Cameras
To Canon, the Canonflex was just another line of cameras. They continued to improve and promote the rangefinder until 1968. They had expanded their product line to include amateur movie equipment, and soon became involved in building fixed lens, leaf shuttered Canonet rangefinder cameras. The path Canon chose kept it from dominating the professional camera market the way Nikon did. The market they pursued was much larger, and led Canon to become a much larger company than Nikon. When Canon finally took the SLR market seriously, it enabled them to catch, and surpass Nikon.
In my opinion, the Canonflex was not
designed for the professional market, and comparisons with the Nikon F in that
respect are unfair. Nikon marketed the F as a professional camera system. Very
quickly they had available lenses from 21mm to 1000mm, including a macro lens
that focused from 1:1 to infinity. They also had an electric motor drive. Canon,
on the other hand, offered few lenses, and never really did build a system around any of their
SLR cameras until they introduced the F-1.