Arrival of the Canon Canonet QL17 GIII…So Excited!

The Canon Cononet QL17 GIII, what a beautiful camera.

The Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, what a beautiful camera.

In a way this is all about getting back to the first influences photography had on me. My father (tomcollinsphotography.com) starting shooting this camera back in the 60s. Most of the early images of my childhood are taking with one of these and I even found a photo of me when I was 13 or 14 with the QL17 around my neck. What a privilege it was to shoot a ‘real’ camera.

After on and off searched of eBay and watching the price of the QL17 go higher and higher I finally decided to pick one up. There are dozens to choose from and I was willing to spend a little extra to get a fungus free, cosmetically clean copy. Thanks to a fantastic seller on eBay I found the perfect copy, perfect considering it’s a 40 year old camera.

Nothing 'retro' about this camera, it's the real deal. I can see where it may have been the inspiration for modern retro cameras from Fuji, Canon, Nikon, Olympus...

Nothing ‘retro’ about this camera, it’s the real deal. I can see where it may have been an inspiration for modern retro cameras from Fuji, Canon, Nikon, Olympus…

It appears that the QL17 sells from around $50 to $300+ for pristine copies. I picked up mine right in the middle of that range. I’m not going to go into a review of the camera yet, this is strictly an enthusiastic new owner of an old classic wanting to share his excitement.

And the location where brand new full frame sensors are loaded 24/36 at a time.

And the location where brand new full frame sensors are loaded 24/36 at a time.

It is hard not to make immediate comparisons to one of Leica’s rangefinders.

The QL17 proudly standing shoulder to shoulder with the Leica M9.

The QL17 proudly standing shoulder to shoulder with the Leica M9.

The view most of us are familiar with.

The view most of us are familiar with.

The QL17 GIII and its 40mm f/1.7 lens and the Leica M9 with a 50mm Summicron (f/2).

The QL17 GIII and its 40mm f/1.7 lens and the Leica M9 with a 50mm Summicron (f/2).

One thought on “Arrival of the Canon Canonet QL17 GIII…So Excited!

  1. Heliopan makes a nice short metal 48mm lens hood that you can buy new at B&H. The hood really helps to control flare and protects the front element. … It also makes the camera look a bit nicer. I also use a small shutter release button, that helps with camer handeling a bit. Looking forward to seeing more photos out of your Canonet! Thanks!

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