My name is Kathy and I have an analog soul

Yet another rangefinder joins my little analog family ;-)

After the Hi-Matic 7s and Minoltina AL-s, I was certainly hooked on Minolta rangefinders, but wanted my next Minolta to be the 7sII…but it was out of my price range. I set my sights on another vintage beauty, the Canon Canonet QL17 GIII (a long name for a legendary camera).

I have certain tactics I use on eBay in order to get the best deal I can. The QL17s I had been watching there were going for about $50 and up and even more for CLA (Cleaned, Lubed, and Adjusted) models. This time, my tactic was to get on eBay during the Super Bowl (best times I’ve found are Super Bowl and World Series), as most people in the US are watching TV instead of prowling eBay. I found a QL17 that was ending during the game that was described as “not in very good shape” and “not sure about functioning.” It looked dirty in the pics, but I could see no damage, so figured it was worth the risk and won it for about $35 with shipping.

I received the box a few days later and pulled out this dirty little camera:
Dirty 'ole Canonet QL17

I dubbed it “The Ugly Duckling” because it was so grungy. I began cleaning it up and realized all the more what great shape it was in. I even managed to get the residue from masking tape off the top 😉 I popped a battery in it and it came to life…here is “The Swan!”
The Swan!

I thoroughly enjoy using this camera…it has very intuitive controls (which is my pet peeve…I’ve had some that make no sense to use!), shutter priority auto mode, and fully manual mode. One quirky thing is that the meter only works in the “A” mode, not in manual. It’s handy when using this mode since you can change the shutter speed to get the desired aperture. For manual, I meter in A, then decide how I want to change shutter speed and aperture accordingly. Once nice thing about the meter being off in manual is that it’s essentially “off” then…thus if one doesn’t have a lens cap or it falls of, you won’t drain your battery.

Here are a couple of shots I’ve taken with this little beauty:

Glenwood electric guitar

Steel guitars

These were shot handheld in “A” mode on Kodak T-Max 400 developed in Rodinal 1:50.

More shots of/taken with this camera here:  Canonet QL17 GIII set on flickr

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2 responses

  1. Great find! I just picked one up at a local antique shop. What kind of battery do you use?

    2012/07/27 at 4:33 pm

    • I used a modern PX625A battery in it. Think I picked it up at our local Batteries Plus store. It works great 😉 Hope you enjoy yours; it’s quite a capable little camera that I go back to time and again.

      2012/07/27 at 7:47 pm

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