by Margaret & Henry Taber
Canonet is a name of 35mm rangefinder series made by Canon, which was
introduced in 1960 till 1972. These compact little cameras is known for
its sophistication and performance. All of them are equipped with
a fixed focal lens with an aperture of f/1.7, f/1.9, and f/2.8. Some models
are dressed with the "QL" feature which stands for quick-loading.
We both own a Canonet G-III QL17, the last and most raved about Canonet.
Most of the cameras from this era requires a discontinued mercury battery
(PX625), including the Canonet G-III QL17.
(from the original Canonet G-III QL17s instruction
Type: 35mm lens shutter type camera with Electric Eye
Lens: Canon Lens 40mm f/1.7. 6-element 4-group construction, with
four newly designed glasses. Spectra coated in amber and purple.
Filter thread: 48mm
Viewfinder: Viewfinder combined with range-finder, bright frame
with automatic parallax correction, aperture scale, exposure indicator,
over/under exposure indicator, and over/under warning marks.
EE Mechanism: Built in exposure meter with CdS cell for fully automatic
exposure control. Shutter speed priority system. ASA 25-800 (DIN 15-30).
With ASA 100 film, EV 3.5 (f/1.7 at 1/4 sec.) EV 17 (f/16 at 1/500 sec.)
Powered by one 1.35V M20 (#625) mercury battery. Battery checker built-in.
Manual Control of Aperture: Possible at any desired f/stop by releasing
Shutter: Between-the-shutter. Shutter speeds from 1/4 to 1/500
sec. and B. Automatically sets aperture, self-cocking combined film/shutter
wind, self-timer, X-synchronization.
Flash Contact: Accessory shoe with direct contact exclusive for
Canolite D and the flash socket for the other flash units.
Canolite D: Exclusive electronic flash unit designed for the Canonet
G-III 17 with direct contact for cordless type. When performing flash
photography, it is not necessary to worry about guide numbers or to calculate
f/stops. Automatic setting of proper f/stop is possible as the EE circuit
is coupled to the shooting distance. Canolite D is powered by two 1.5V
alkaline AA batteries.
Flash-Auto Mechanism for Other Flash Units: Aperture openings coupled
to shooting distance at guide numbers 14, 20, 28 (m) with ASA 100. Shutter
button is locked when it is outside the coupling range.
Film Loading: Canon-developed QL (Quick-Loading) mechanism. Accepts
any standard 35mm film in cartridge.
Frame Counter: Resets automatically
Size: 120x75x60mm (4-3/4"x3"x2-3/8")
Weight: 620 grams (1 lb. 5-7/8 ozs.)
- Canonet G-III QL17
Ultra Cool Canonet QL17