Serial numbers

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Manufacturers commonly use a serial number to uniquely identify a camera lens or body. Knowledge of these numbers may allow the dating of the specific item. This page provides known serial number and date sequences for cameras, lenses and shutters.

Serial numbers by manufacturer

By camera manufacturer

By lens manufacturer

By shutter manufacturer

Locating serial numbers

On camera bodies

The location of serial numbers on the camera body can range from the obvious to the hidden.

On lenses

The serial numbers of lenses can commonly be found on the front bezel, but also be on the side or on the rear cell.

On shutters

Camera makers frequently made sure that the serial number of the shutter was out of sight by judiciously orienting the shutter casing. The use of a speculum (dentist's mirror) allows to read the number even if it is facing the camera's folding bed.