You all heard about the great Canonet QL17, but what about cheaper version the Canonet 28? is it worth the money? check it out!
I was at the Thrift Store the other day, browsing and found good looking ranger finder camera, it was Canonet 28, i always liked those old heavy metal rangefinders, but it wasn’t the great QL17, anyway i decided to buy it because it came with working battery as well dedicated flash “Canolite D” for Canonet cameras.
This compact size rangefinder doesn’t allow much freedom, its full automatic operated camera, i found myself unable to use it on very bright day or after sun went down, once the light meter shows over- or under-exposure the shutters locks.
Manual Aperture Setting available only which dedicated Canolite D flash and 1/30 speed.
Unless you can get this camera cheap, you should definitely aim for QL17 as it allows you lot more freedom thanks to manual control
Now to technical data
Released in 1971 as later Canonet 28, the 35mm camera includes bright frame finder with 0.6× magnification, sharp 40mm f/2.8 lens, programmed shutter with speed/aperture combination 1/30 sec./1:2.8 to 1/620 sec./1:14.5, ASA speeds 25 to 400 and to function camera requires hard to find today mercury battery. Accessories like lens hood, self-timer or hot shoe adapter to use aftermarket flash were available.
Gallery includes pictures from my first test roll, shot on Kodak Color Plus 200