Farewell Canonet QL... it was fun while it lasted!
A few weeks ago I made the decision to auction off my Canonet QL 17. The motivating factor behind this decision was due to a camera find I happen to stumble upon when I was at a local flea market. That said, when I made my way out to the flea market, I had no idea that it would be my last time shooting this camera.
For those that do not know... the Canonet QL 17 has been branded the poor mans Leica. Mounted with a 50mm 1.7, this rangefinder has proven time and time again to be a great street camera. One of my favorite things about shooting this camera can be seen in a particular characteristic that is produced in the photographs one gets. Like older glass, the lens on this camera gives a glow-like element in one's highlights. For some, this glow is looked upon as unpleasent... Personally, I dig the glow.
Another thing that makes this camera awesome is the fact that it has a leaf shutter. Unlike traditional SLR's where the shutter is controlled by a focal plane shutter within the camera, the Canonet QL 17's shutter is located in the lens. What is so great about this you may ask? Well when it comes to street photography its perfect because it's shutter is almost silent! Perfect for candids and not drawing attention, something that most SLR's sadly attract because of their loud mirror slap.
Now I know what your thinking... If this camera is so great why did I give it up. Well my friends thats easy. While roaming the various booths I happen to stumble upon a Canon 35 RD. Yes folks a Canon 35 RD! Ok... I have to be honest... When I first ran into this camera I didn't know what it exactly was. After a quick google search I soon found that it was pretty much a must have! Like the Canonet QL 17, this bad boy sports a 1.7 aperture but with a 40mm lens. What made this camera even more appealing was its $10 price tag, which was way under valued for the price this camera normally goes. Apart from that, what sealed the deal was how compact this camera is and the fact that the glass on it is highly praised. Alright folks... as always make sure to check back in... I have more film goodies to post as well as a show and tell of some photos taken on my new camera, the Canon 35 RD!