Film Cameras

35mm Lens-Shutter Camera

Canonet QL 19E

Canonet QL 19E

Canonet QL 19E

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Marketed Nov 1965
Original Price 20,700 yen, 1,800 yen (case)
800 yen (Flash D=AG-1 flash bulb connector)

Based on the Canonet QL 19, the QL 19E had an electronically-controlled Seiko ES programmed shutter.

The first Canon camera to have an electronic shutter.The shutter used six transistors, three diodes, and a tantalum capacitor. The shutter blades were controlled by magnet.

One 1.3 V MP mercury cell powered the camera’s exposure meter and shutter. Other specifications were the same as with the QL 19.

Type 35mm Lens Shutter rangerfinder camera with program EE
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Normal Lens Canon SE 45mm f/1.9
Shutter Seiko SE (electronic). EV 5.8 (f/1.9, 1/15 sec.) to EV 17 (f/16, 1/500 sec.) and X. Built-in self-timer. German socket. Hot shoe for AG-1 provided.
Viewfinder Coincidence rangefinder integrated with reversed Galilean viewfinder. Automatic parallax correction with projected frames and marked finder. 0.7x magnification. Viewfinder screen has unsuitable exposure prevention and use-flash lamp.
EE CdS fully-automatic program EE. Metering range of EV 5.8 – 17 (at ISO 100). Film speed range of ISO 25 – 400.
Power Source One 1.3 V MP mercury cell
Film Loading &
After opening camera back, film leader is aligned at mark then advanced to first frame with Quick Loading (QL) system. Advances with camera-top lever. (120° single stroke)
Frame Counter Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.
Film Rewind Camera-top crank
Dimensions &
140 x 79 x 35 mm, 760 g