Canon Canonet QL 17 GIII - rangefinder

Canon Canonet QL17 GIII


Vintage Rangefinder Camera – The Poor Man’s Leica

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Product Description

The camera was tested with film and battery and works perfectly!!!! Looks Amazing!!!

Superb vintage Canonet QL17  GIII

“This is one of the best cameras of all times!”

Comes with:

  • Strap

The Canonet QL17 GIII is the final, high-end model of Canon’s very famous Canonet compact rangefinder series of the 1960s & 1970s. It provides shutter-priority auto-exposure and parallax compensation with its amazing 40mm f/ 1.7 lens. The lens is sharpest at f/4 – f/5.6. This canonet has a Copal leaf shutter that offers shutter speeds from 1/4 to 1/500, with X flash sync at any speed. The QL17 GIII is 2/3 the weight of a Leica M6 with a similar lens, and is much quieter, making it an excellent alternative to higher-priced rangefinder cameras ( that’s why it was called “the Poor Man’s Leica “). The meter uses a CdS cell mounted on the lens, just above the front element. It offers shutter-priority autoexposure, or unmetered manual mode. It uses a match-needle system in the viewfinder, showing apertures. There’s a small fresnel lens in front of the CdS cell. When selecting a different shutter speed, you can see a ring with a series of perforations moving in front of the metering cell. This way, a smaller aperture gives less light on the cell. A simple, mechanical solution. Since the metering unit is placed within the filter thread, it compensates automatically for filters. Very handy.


This camera is in great condition, works and looks great!

Canonet QL17 GIII Specifications:

-Type: rangefinder camera -Manufacturer: Canon -Film: 35mm -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. -Shutter: Between-the-lens type. Shutter speeds from 1/4 to 1/500 sec. and B. Automatically sets aperture, self-cocking combined film/shutter wind, self-timer, X-synchronization. -Viewfinder: Bright-Line type, Parallax Correction Mark -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.)The shutter is locked when the meter indicates over- or under-exposure -Battery: 1.35 V battery type PX625 -Flash: Hot shoe Accessory shoe with direct contact exclusive for Canolite D and the flash socket for the other flash units. Electronic Flash Sync with All Shutter Speeds. -Weight: 620g A very well made and beautiful little canonet rangefinder camera made by Canon.

Additional Information

Weight 1.8 lbs
Dimensions 6 x 4 x 3 in


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