Canon Canonet QL17 GIII Chrome 35mm Rangefinder Camera with 40mm f/1.7
Although it’s often dubbed the “Poor Man’s Leica” this is a fantastic little camera that can stand shoulder to shoulder with much more expensive rangefinder cameras. The Canonet GIII QL17 was Canon’s best-selling camera for over 11 years and is the world's top-selling rangefinder (with inbuilt light meter).
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Canon Canonet QL17 GIII SN: F10175
QL stands for Quick Loading, a clever system that makes loading film fast and foolproof
17 refers to the six-element 40mm f/1.7 lens, highly praised for its “Leica-like” sharpness and ability to focus as close as 2.6 feet
G means “grade up” and recognizes quality improvements over the earlier Canonet QL17
III represents the third (and final) generation of Canonets
This camera used a PX625 1.35V battery. Mercury batteries are no longer made. You can use a Wein Cell PX625 replacement, which is the closest to the original. Alkaline and silver oxide versions are also available, with slightly different voltage and discharge.