REVIEW: Canon Canonet QL17
Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-01-27
Introduced in: 1969
Lens: Canon Lens 40mm f/1.7
6-element, 4-group composition.
Closest Focus: 0.8m (2.6ft)
Aperture: f/1.7 - f/16
Shutter: 1/500 to 1/4 + B (Bulb)
Copal Leaf shutter
Light meter: CdS just over the lens
ISO 25 - 800
Battery: PX625 (1.3v mercury)
Flash: X sync connection + Hotshoe
Weight: 600 g (without battery)
Takes 135 film
24×36 negative size.
Good size and brightness.
Framing mask with auto parallax correction.
Light meter neddle that showes which aperture it will used.
This only work if auto aperture is selected and will not show anything in manual.
Quite mild corner softness
Vignetting which is gone by f/2.8
Great image quality at all apertures.
Analogue B&W filmBuild quality
f/1.7 - f/2 - f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16
Flare / Backlight
More sample images can be found at:
Very good and solid.
Operating + Sounds
Very nice little range finder that looks great and with a fast good lens.
It's easy to use with both auto or manual aperture.
Manual shutter speeds and manual focus which works great.
Image quality is nice and sharp, okay bokeh but quite ugly flare.
Camera do take a mercury battery but this is only for the light meter and the auto aperture mode.
Can still use in manual just as good without any battery.
One little odd thing is that the film advance lever don't have any stop after you advanced to the next frame.
Usually you need to take a picture before you can advance to the next frame.
This is not the case here and you can just go to the next frame without taking a picture.
This camera also have Canons QL system which stands for quick load.
Have hade some problems with this and film rolls that I have cut myself.
Did a own post about this which you can find here.
Sharp and good image quality
Auto parallax correction viewfinder
Auto aperture works great
Light meter don't give any reading in manual aperture.
QL system can have some problems
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