The Basic Issues ALL of the 60ss rangefinders, not just Canonets, seem to have the following issues in common: deteriorated foam light seals gummy, sticky, messy and cloudy rangefinder glass. To get inside, though, requires taking off the top cap — the metal shroud that houses the rangefinder. First remove any visible screws, sometimes there are three or four, sometimes as few as one or two. The rewind knob is almost invariably removed by opening the back, placing a bar of some sort screwdriver, tweezers in the fork that enters the film canister, and winding the knob counterclockwise to unscrew it.
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Expecting little, I came away very impressed. Whenever the design was upgraded the name would be changed to reflect this. These design changes are for the best since the shooter gains ultimate compactness while still retaining a focal length that is arguably perfect for street photography. Of similar importance in street shooting is the ability of the photographer to inconspicuously melt into his or her surroundings. This can be difficult with massive, shiny cameras.
While the chrome Canonets can stand out in a crowd as attractive vintage machines, the all black version is damn near invisible. This version is fairly rare and excellent examples will fetch a premium, but the added invisibility will be a big draw for the serious street shooter.
To load the film the photographer opens the film door on the back of the camera, lays the film leader flat, and closes the film door. Once the film door is closed, a simple winding of the advance lever puts everything magically in place.
Focusing is another strong point. The barrel-mounted lever is positioned perfectly for thumb-actuation, and it takes only the smallest movement to effect accurate focusing. On the right side of the viewfinder window is the light-meter needle, the aperture scale, exposure warnings, and battery check indicator.
The camera features a capable automatic exposure mode, using a CdS cell for shutter speed priority. This automatic mode coupled with symbols on the lens barrel to indicate sunshine, clouds, and indoor shooting, make the Canonet completely accessible to inexperienced photographers.
More advanced users will quickly take advantage of full manual mode, setting aperture and shutter speeds by twisting the concentric rings on the lens barrel. In the hands of a master street photographer it all comes together like magic. Aperture and shutter speed are quickly set, frame the shot, focus in seconds, and in the next moment the shutter silently opens to capture the image.
Focus is easy to achieve with this camera, I just missed it. The lens creates an interesting dichotomy when it comes to bokeh. Points of light rendered in bokeh are less the balls of colorful light that everyone loves, and more pentagonal in shape. Some people will find the effect interesting and others will find it vulgar. Build quality is exceptional. The camera is compact, as mentioned, but solidly built.
The entire body, including film door, is made of brass. Weight is centralized and balanced, creating a shooting experience that inspires total confidence. Strap lugs are positioned perfectly, negating the off-balance swinging that hampers similarly sized rangefinders such as the Minolta CLE.
The film advance lever ratchets in one smooth stroke accompanied by a satisfying mechanical note. The entire package oozes class and sophistication. This is the kind of timeless machine that will look fantastic forever. Excessive dust, evidence of improper storage, obvious physical damage, and fogginess in the rangefinder or viewfinder are all things of which to be weary.
Examples suffering from fungus should be disregarded, though light leaks are easily fixed at extremely minimal cost. The black enamel version is more worthy of the cost of a CLA clean, lubricate, adjust , with the chrome version being more expendable. Compact, phenomenally built, easy-to-use yet capable of the artistic stuff, it seems to have it all.
Technical prowess noted, the QL17 also manages to be one of the sexiest vintage cameras out there. Uncomplicated, inconspicuous, and artistically relevant, it provides amateurs and serious photographers alike the ability to directly capture the essence of the moment.
Canon Canonet QL17 Manual
Well this little camera just looks the business, a no-nonsense camera, which just oozes vintage style. For me, who grew up in the 60s and 70s modern camera no matter how good the quality of the image just feel like cheap, plastic rubbish. If - God willing - film is still around in years you can still create document the world with a rangefinder camera. In recent years it has attracted a cult following, and has received glowing reviews from litany of rangefinder enthusiasts such as The Mijonju Show, Steve Huff, Chase Jarvis and of course Bellamy Hunt, the Japan Camera Hunter who owns multiple black models. There are two variants of the camera, one produced in Taiwan, and the other produced in Japan.
Canonet QL17 Film Camera Review: A Triumph of Design
Weight: g? The top plate only houses the shutter-release, with a locking ring for time-exposures, the frame counter and an accessory shoe. The clean lines of the top are achieved by putting the advance lever underneath, together with the rewind crank, rewind release and back catch. The advance lever had an end which hinged downwards, making it easy to operate using the left middle- or third-finger. These controls on the bottom necessitate corresponding holes in the every-ready case.
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The only difference is that the G-III has a battery check light. You will know if things are canonn if you see light meter movements, and canoney to variation in light. It was gungy when I got it. Find More Posts by wamjam. Or compare it against another camera or a light meter.
Expecting little, I came away very impressed. Whenever the design was upgraded the name would be changed to reflect this. These design changes are for the best since the shooter gains ultimate compactness while still retaining a focal length that is arguably perfect for street photography. Of similar importance in street shooting is the ability of the photographer to inconspicuously melt into his or her surroundings. This can be difficult with massive, shiny cameras. While the chrome Canonets can stand out in a crowd as attractive vintage machines, the all black version is damn near invisible.