You all heard about the great Canonet QL17, but what about the more affordable version that was the Canonet 28? Is it worth the money?
I was at a thrift store the other day and while browsing for interesting stuff, I found a good looking rangefinder camera. It was a 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 a working battery as well as a dedicated flash Canolite D for Canonet cameras.
This compact rangefinder doesn't allow much freedom. It's a fully automatic camera. I found myself unable to use it on a very bright day or after the sun went down. Once the light meter shows over or under-exposure, the shutters locks. Manual aperture setting is available only with the dedicated Canolite D flash at 1/30 speed. Unless you can get this camera cheap, you should definitely aim for a QL17 as it allows you lot more freedom thanks to its manual control
Now, on to technical data. Released in 1971 and later called Canonet 28, this 35 mm camera boasts of a bright frame finder with 0.6× magnification, a sharp 40 mm f/2.8 lens, programmed shutter with speed/aperture combination 1/30 sec./1:2.8 to 1/620 sec./1:14.5, and ASA speeds from 25 to 400. For the camera to function, the Canonet 28 requires a mercury battery that is quite difficult to source today. Some accessories like a lens hood, self-timer or hot shoe adapter to be able to use aftermarket flashes were also available.
This is a review submitted by Community Member sergio_m.