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Canon IVSB


Marketed Dec. 1952

The world's first camera of its kind to feature X-sync for Speedlites. The camera's precision and finish was high. A historic model in Japan's camera history.

It was intended to be the successor to the IV S. FP-sync and X-sync were provided for flash.


Type 35mm focal-plane shutter camera
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens Serenar/Canon 50mm f/1.5, 50mm f/1.8
Lens Mount Universal threaded mount
Shutter Two-axis, horizontal-travel focal-plane shutter with cloth curtains. Single-axis rotating dial for T, 1, 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8 sec., and single-axis rotating dial for X, B, 1/25, 1/40, 1/60, 1/100, 1/200, 1/500, and 1/1000 sec.
Flash Sync FP- and X-sync (direct synchronization provided with flash rail).
Viewfinder Coincidence rangefinder integrated with reversed Galilean viewfinder rotatable to set one of three magnifications.
Film Loading &
After baseplate removal, drop-in bottom loading. Advances with camera-top knob.
Frame Counter Manually set from 39 to 0 at base of camera-top rewind knob. Film speed indicator dial on top of rewind knob.
Film Rewind Camera-top knob
Dimensions &
140 x 72.2 x 67 mm, 790 g (with Canon 50mm f/1.8)
Data from Canon Camera Museum