Who wouldn't get excited with a new camera? I have been on a search for a good rangefinder ever since I learned about them. I was lucky enough to find one, a Canonet QL17 GIII, in perfect working condition! Join me as I tell you all about it and show you the amazing photos I got from that first-ever test roll.
I’ve always wanted to have a rangefinder. I learned how to use a single-lens reflex camera with my grandfather’s Canon FTQL; I felt learning how to use an RF would round me up pretty nicely as a film photography enthusiast. I did a lot of research about the different kinds of rangefinders, the photos taken with them, and whether they’ll only run on phased-out batteries or if they could be used on full manual mode. I was glad to see for sale what I think the best RF was for me: the Canonet QL 17 GIII. I met up with a friend who sells it, from whom I also purchased my underwater camera, and gladly bought the RF. She also gave me five rolls of assorted color negative film, which was really sweet. :) I couldn’t wait to test the camera—my friend wasn’t able to test it herself since buying it—to see if I need to have it CLA’d (cleaned, lubricated, adjusted) at the famous Hidalgo Street, the photography mecca of Manila.
The first thing I did was to take out the deteriorating black foam by the back cover—they’ll surely let in light leaks, which I don’t want to have with this particular camera. I asked my boyfriend for some black Blu-Tack to use as sealant. I then did a bit of lens cleaning just to be sure. Finally I loaded it up with the Fuji 160 NPS film my friend gave. I hoped I still knew how to tweak manual exposure settings, because I was going to shoot without relying on the exposure meter.
After finishing the roll I went to a one-hour photolab in a nearby shopping mall to have the roll processed and printed because I really, really wanted to see my shots right away. I did contemplate on having the negatives scanned to a compact disc, but I didn’t want to shell out extra cash on something uncertain.
Enough blah, so how did I do? See here! :) [The texture on the photos is from the scanned photo paper.]
The camera was easy to use, it worked perfectly, the photos were sharp, and I didn’t have to have it serviced! I was so happy. I enjoyed using the Canonet a lot, and I think we’re going to have a fun, awesome, and film-loving relationship together.