Film Cameras

35mm Lens-Shutter Camera

New Canonet QL17/QL17-L

New Canonet QL17/QL17-L

New Canonet QL17/QL17-L

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Marketed July 1969
Original Price 27,000 yen, 1,500 yen (case)

The first of a new Canonet series developed for compactness and lighter weight.
The camera was about 20 mm narrower, 4 mm shorter, and 30 percent lighter than the previous Canonet. To make it more compact, the lens focal length was shortened to 40mm, resulting in a wider angle lens. A Speedlite (Canolite D) which did away with complicated Guide No. calculations was also introduced. The flash aperture was set automatically to suit the flash output and subject distance. This was the fully-automatic flash system called CATS (Canon Auto Tuning System) incorporated for the first time.

With this feature, picture-taking with EE was completely automatic for both night and day.

New Canonet QL17-L(released in June 1970) was an improved version of the New Canonet QL17, this camera’s viewfinder had a battery check zone near the f/5.6 mark. By pressing the battery check button, you could check the battery level in the viewfinder. Other specifications and features were the same as the New Canonet QL17. “L” was for Luxury.

Type 35mm Lens-Shutter rangefinder camera with shutter speed-priority EE
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
Lens 40mm f/1.7 (6 elements in 4 groups)
Shutter Copal with B, 1/4 sec. to 1/500 sec., X-sync. Built-in self-timer. Hot shoe and German socket for automatic flash.
Viewfinder Coincidence rangefinder integrated with reversed Galilean viewfinder. Automatic parallax correction with projected frames and marked finder. 0.6x magnification. On the right within the image area are the aperture scale, meter needle, overexposure and underexposure warnings, and battery check zone.
EE CdS cell for shutter speed-priority EE. Manual exposure enabled by disabling AUTO. Metering range of EV 3.5 – 17 (at ISO 100). Film speed range of ISO 25 – 800.
Power Source One 1.3 V H-D mercury cell. Battery check provided.
Film Loading &
After opening camera back, align film leader at mark then advance to first frame with Quick Loading (QL) system. Advances with camera-top lever’s 120° single stroke. Ready position at 26°. Partial strokes not enabled.
Frame Counter Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.
Film Rewind Camera-top crank
Dimensions &
120 x 75 x 60 mm, 620 g