The Canon Canonet GIII QL17 – Not Another Film Camera.

The Canon Canonet GIII QL17 – Not Another Film Camera.

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You may remember from a few weeks ago I shared a post about my Camera Gear. Unfortunately that post is already out-dated as I have a new addition, The Canon Canonet GIII QL17. Now I know what you’re thinking, not another film camera. But this time it’s different, I swear.

After using my Olympus Trip 35 religiously for nearly the last six months I felt like it was time to move on. It is definitely not a break up but more of a long-term break. We need time apart that’s all. I have been left wanting more. I wanted more control over my photos. I wanted an actual focusing ring for a start and to be completely honest a new camera. Who doesn’t love a new camera?

The Canon Canonet GIII QL17 – Not Another Film Camera.The Canon Canonet GIII QL17 – Not Another Film Camera. The Canon Canonet GIII QL17 – Not Another Film Camera.

When I was looking at cameras I knew as always it had to be something small, but something that didn’t lack quality. For a while I was verging towards the Canon AE-1 but it’s not for me, not now anyway. After weeks of looking I eventually settled on the Canon Canonet GIII QL17 and just look at it. Look at how beautiful it is, what’s not to love? It is a ridiculously good-looking camera and I just adore the 70s styling of it. Not to mention it has been dubbed the poor mans Leica for years.

The Canon Canonet GIII QL17 Is only ever so slightly long winded so I will break it down, well as best as I can anyway. QL stands for Quick Loading, which makes loading film a dream. The 17 refers to the 40mm f/1.7 lens and lastly the GIII signifies the “Grade Up” from the previous models and signifies it is the third generation of Canonets. I think that is everything; don’t quote me on that though I could be completely wrong on everything I just said. But that looks right enough to me.

The Canon Canonet GIII QL17 – Not Another Film Camera. The Canon Canonet GIII QL17 – Not Another Film Camera. The Canon Canonet GIII QL17 – Not Another Film Camera.

I was lucky enough to find my Canonet on Ebay and surprisingly enough I bought it from America. Now that is something I wouldn’t normally do but I found such a great deal that I just couldn’t pass up. Overall I spent just under £50 and yes that is including shipping. Considering that these cameras normally go for upwards of £70, especially in the condition it is I feel as though I got an incredible deal. The price is always right if you actually spend a bit of time doing your research and not jumping in to anything.

The Canonet is such an incredible camera and I can’t wait to get out there and start shooting it. What is your favourite 35mm Camera? I think I have a new favourite. Let me know in the comments below.

Andrew.

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  • I look forward to seeing what you photograph with this camera, it’s a beautiful camera! What camera and lens did you use to photograph the photos in this post as the images are lovely?! – Becky 🙂

    • Me too, I have nearly finished my first roll of film on it so I should be putting those images up very soon! I used my Sony A6000 with a 35mm 1.8 lens 🙂

      Andrew.

  • This camera is beautiful! I definitely want one now! 🙂 Looking forward to seeing your photos using this camera!

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    • You should try and pick one up, One of the nicest cameras I have ever seen and used!

      Andrew.