Canon Canonet QL17 G-III  –  Vintage Camera

Canon Canonet QL17 G-III (three quarters)

Canon Canonet QL17 G-III (three quarters)

Canon Canonet QL17 G-III (three quarters)

Canon Canonet QL17 G-III (three quarters)

Canon Canonet QL17 G-III (front view)

Canon Canonet QL17 G-III (front view)

Canon Canonet QL17 G-III (rear view)

Canon Canonet QL17 G-III (rear view)

Canon Canonet QL17 G-III (top view)

Canon Canonet QL17 G-III (top view)

Canon Canonet QL17 G-III (with 35mm cassette for scale)

Canon Canonet QL17 G-III (with 35mm cassette for scale)

Canon Canonet QL17 G-III (three quarters)Canon Canonet QL17 G-III (three quarters)Canon Canonet QL17 G-III (front view)Canon Canonet QL17 G-III (rear view)Canon Canonet QL17 G-III (top view)Canon Canonet QL17 G-III (with 35mm cassette for scale)

Canon Canonet QL17 G-III Specifications

Manufacturer: Canon Inc.
   
Country of Origin: Japan
   
Made in: Taiwan
   
Introduced: 1972
   
Camera Type: Rangefinder
   
Format: 135 Film
   
Dimensions (cm): 12 x 7.5 x 6

Canon Canonet QL17 G-III Review

In 1961, Canon—then an upmarket camera company—shocked the industry by debuting the Canonet line, a series of modestly-priced compact rangefinders. The very first Canonet model completely sold out in just two hours while worldwide sales hit the one million mark in a mere two and a half years, an auspicious beginning for what would be a wildly popular line of cameras that would span over two decades. The Canon Canonet QL17 G-III is the final high-end model of the Canonet series.

The QL17 features a surprisingly fast 40mm f/1.7 lens with a minimum focus distance of 2.6 feet and offers shutter-priority auto-exposure with a range from 1/4 to 1/500 seconds. This particular Canonet is compatible with ISO 25 to ISO 800 film and has both a hotshoe as well as a flash sync terminal located on the side near the viewfinder. While the cadmium sulphide meter requires a battery to operate, the QL17 is otherwise completely mechanical and can be used unpowered (hopefully with an auxiliary light meter) if necessary.

At one point, I actually owned two Canon Canonet QL17 G-IIIs, both purchased at two different thrift stores about three years apart. I eventually traded one of them to my friend in exchange for a Konica Auto S.

References:

McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown’s Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 2001-2002. (Grantsburg: Centennial Photo Service, 2001), 133.

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