Canonet QL17 Mansonia

Canonet QL17 Mansonia

Canonet QL17 Mansonia

Canonet QL17 Mansonia

Canonet QL17 Mansonia

Although it has a strong Canonet-esque appearance the internal construction of the QL17 is totally different to the original making it a very different model. QL stands for Quick Loading, a simple modification that makes the easy process of loading 35mm even more fool proof.

The main design change from the original is a more traditional top-mounted, right hand lever wind and an equally sharp but faster f1.7 lens. The simple, clean lines and solid design of the camera give it a very sophisticated appearance second only to the original Canonet. It features shutter priority CdS-meter controlled auto exposure and fully manual override. There is a lever attached to the left side of the focus ring which makes it easy to handle and focus quickly, and the film advance stroke is very short and easy to operate.

Like the Canonet, the film advance and shutter operation are extremely quiet and can leave you wondering if the shutter actually fired. It is extremely robust and durable for everyday use and abuse.

Title Data
Lens: Canon SE 45mm f1.7
Elements/groups: 6 elements in 5 groups
AOV: 52º
Aperture: f1.7-f16
Shutter: Copal SV
Shutter speeds: B, 1 -1/500
Viewfinder: Automatic parallax correction with projected frames and marked finder
Focusing:
Focal range: 2.6ft - ∞
Exposure modes: Manual & Auto
Exposure Meter: CdS comb-controlled shutter speed-priority EE
Battery: 1.35V PX625
ASA: 25 - 800
Filter mount: 55mm threaded
Winding method: Single full stroke or multiple short strokes
Winding distance:
Dimensions WxHxD: 140 x 79 x 73 mm
Weight: 773g / 1.7lb
Year: 1965

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