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Canon Canonet 28

Is the Canon Canonet 28 a good alternative to the expensive Canonet QL17?

I actually wanted to buy a Canonet Ql17, but the prices are currently very high, and I also didn’t want to invest more than 80 € for a camera that might not even function anymore. So I decided to go for the Canonet 28 – and that was not my worst decision. It is very compact, fits comfortably in your hand, and looks very sturdy. I particularly like the classic, simple design.

Here is some technical data:

The Canonet 28 was built from 1971 to 1976 by Canon in Taiwan.

It has a 1:2.8 / 40 mm Canon Lens. The lens consists of 5 elements in 4 groups. Shutter speeds from 1/30 – 1/620 sec, its ASA can be adjusted from a value of 25-400.

The Canonet really needs PX 625 1.35 volt mercury cells, but it works well with V625U, which are not banned. If necessary, the voltage difference can be corrected on the ASA-exposure settings..

The viewfinder shows the current exposure time is indicated by a small pointer.

Something bad is that nowhere is the current Aperture displayed. A major disadvantage compared to the QL17 is that on the Canonet 28, very little can be adjusted manually.

Up to the aperture which can not be set for use with flash..

The big advantage over my Olympus Trip 35 is the rangefinder.

Thus, you can focus more accurately and you do not always have to estimate on the distance to the subject.

I can only say that this is an excellent camera! Here are some pictures from the first test film.

written by m23 and translated by duckduckninja


  1. superlighter


    also with all the limitations the Canonet 28 is still a great camera!

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  2. simon-hedge


    Well written article. I learned a lot.

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  3. m23


    @simon-hedge Thank you!

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  4. itsdebraanne


    in my Canonet 28, the light meter is broken. how would this affect my pictures?

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  5. rbruce63


    @Itsdebraane You can use sunny 16 rule and estimate exposure.

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