Canon Canonet QL17 GIII: The First Rolls

Kodak Portra 400

Kodak Portra 400

After much anticipation I have to admit that I am a little bit let down by the film that was returned to me this evening. There are a few things that may be at play here. 1) The developer is just a local shop that may or may not be be using the best practices. 2) The scans I am posting here are mediocre at best. 3) I chose the wrong film for the setting. 4) The photographer is the weak link.

Kodak Portra 400

Kodak Portra 400

Most importantly though, I am happy to report that the camera behaved as expected. Since these were my first couple of rolls put through this new (to me) camera I was interested in checking a few things such as the metering, the advancing of film, light leaks, lens issues… I was happy to report that the camera is in excellent shooting condition considering its age and price. Now it is just time to work out some of the other issues. First on my list will be to find another developer that may have better developing methods and can return higher quality scans.

*All of the images posted here were resized, but are otherwise untouched scans from the developer.

Fujifilm X-TRA400

Fujifilm X-TRA400

Fujifilm X-TRA400

Fujifilm X-TRA400

Kodak Portra 400

Kodak Portra 400

Fujifilm X-TRA400

Fujifilm X-TRA400

Fujifilm X-TRA400

Fujifilm X-TRA400

Fujifilm X-TRA400

Fujifilm X-TRA400

Kodak Portra 400

Kodak Portra 400

4 thoughts on “Canon Canonet QL17 GIII: The First Rolls

  1. Some of your night shots look slightly underexposed, maybe try overexposing by 1 stop for safety? Colors look a little muted, but I think that’s typical from a single coated lens. Which, gives your photos a nice vintage feel. The canonet lens is optimal for black white film. Im finishing my first roll of portra 400 in my canonet, and I’m eager to see the results. Thanks for sharing!

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