Canon QL17 G-III

I have wanted one of these cameras forever and never once thought I would find one in a junk bin…YATTA!!! I could not believe my eyes. Surely it would not work?? I tried it in the shop without a battery and the shutter opened. I tried it in manual and the speeds seemed fine. Ok then it must have fungus on the lens or massive amounts of haze??

Nope, really it seemed ok. The seals were completely shot, so I changed those. There was some crud in the battery department, but nothing that a bit of vinegar would not remove. But what about the battery. Of course, it needed the banned mercury one. The hearing aid one (675) seemed just a little too small and the LR44 was far too big to fit in the hole. As the camera would still work in manual, I thought, “be brave”. So I used a dentist tool and yanked at the metal bar in the battery compartment a bit. That bent it and decreased the size of the hole. Voila, the hearing aid battery now fit and lit up the check light. That did not mean the camera would work in auto so I tried half a film, leaving the camera on auto only. Here are the photos I got back.

YES!!!! As it worked and I LOVE it, I thought I would use it for a film test as well. I slammed in some JCH Street Pan 400. I have not tried this film before and have been waiting for the right moment to try it.

The first part of the film was taken at my school so I have not posted any with full on shots of the children. The rest were taken in Yokohama where I was for a photo exhibition. I do love this camera, what a bargain for $8. I posted it on Instagram and immediately got offers from people to buy it. Sorry no.

Ok, so a bit about the camera….actually no. There is so much already written about this camera I don’t see what I can add to it. So here are two great blogs about it. One and Two.

As for the film, it is not my favourite, I have another roll and will delay judgement until then. This one is far too contrasty for me. I was surprised by the recommended development time. It was much longer than other films. I was tempted to reduce the time, thinking it might be wrong…but then I thought, that would be stupid surely the manufacturer knows what to print on the box. I am glad I followed the box.

Keep or sell: Bog off, it is mine!





2 thoughts on “Canon QL17 G-III

  1. Very nice find and it looks like it handled difficult lighting situations well. I like the first shot in the subway as that probably presented the most challenges for the camera. I agree, the B&W film is a bit contrasty but I think it did the best in the classroom setting.


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