Canon Canonet QL17 G-III
The Canon Canonet QL17 G-III is a 35mm rangefinder camera that features a sharp and fast 40mm f1.7 lens - with a passionate cult following, it's a true classic. I got my hands on this one that was in quite nice condition except that the shutter was stuck - a common problem, especially if they've seen only light usage like this one. I took it to a local camera repair shop here in Maine - Classic Camera & Repair Inc. - where Andy repaired the stuck shutter, replaced the light seals and generally cleaned it up. I've used him a few times, and his work is always top-notch. This time was no exception.
LIKES: The lens is the best selling point on this camera - sharp and fast - but it doesn't stop there. The camera is very solidly built and well designed. It's a pleasure to shoot with - not to mention quiet too!
DISLIKES: There's really nothing I dislike about this camera. But I'll take the opportunity to suggest that perhaps it's reputation is just a tad over-inflated. Yes, it's a fabulous rangefinder - but there are many other fabulous rangefinders from the same period that don't fetch the same price. And because I'm a cheapskate when it comes to my camera collecting and shooting hobby, I ended up selling this one. Heck, I really didn't need to keep it when I had landed a perfectly minty and fully working Yashica Electro 35 GSN at a thrift store for just $20. And a short while later, I purchased a nice all black Minolta Hi-Matic 7s, also in near mint condition and fully working for a fraction of the $160 I sold the Canonet for. But like I said, I'm a cheapskate! I'm guessing you'll more than likely want to keep your Canonet once you have a nice working example.
Above: Roger, photo taken with a Canon Canonet QL17 G-III rangefinder camera.