Canonet QL17 G-III question.

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Elie A Shammas, Jul 15, 2003.

  1. I am on the verge of buying this fine camera. It will serve are my
    everyday camera that will go with me everywhere.

    I was checking the camera out, everything looked fine, except that I
    couldn't get the shutter to trip. I opened the back and saw that the film
    spool is rotating as i stoke the advance lever but still the sutter won't

    The battery seems to be fine, I tested it using the check button and the
    light came on. I also tried different shutter speeds and apertures with no

    Am I missing something or the camera is borken? Shall I stay away from
    this camera? Is it worth buying and fixing?

    Elie A Shammas, Jul 15, 2003
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  2. Elie A Shammas

    matt Guest

    If the lens aperture is set to A (auto) then the shutter will only fire if
    the meter is reading enough light (based on shutter speed and film speed).
    If the battery is dead (probably), or the meter is broken (not likely), or
    there is not enough light in the scene (most likely), then the shutter wont
    fire. In fact, the button wont depress fully.
    Switch the aperture to a value other than A, like 5.6 or 8. Then try again.
    The shutter should fire this time unless the camera is in fact broken.
    Nice little camera.. I use mine everyday. Even though my meter is off a bit
    because of the battery problem (you can't get mercury cells anymore) I
    compensate with the the film speed setting.
    good luck.
    matt, Jul 15, 2003
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  3. Elie A Shammas

    BD Guest

    How do you go about calculating the difference and determining how to set
    the film speed?
    BD, Jul 15, 2003
  4. Elie A Shammas

    Rich Pos Guest

    After buying several G III's I decided to buy an adapter that uses a
    regular 1.5v silver battery. The adapter steps down the voltage to
    1.35. Been using it for years with no problems. Think it was $20.

    Scroll down to "mercury battery adapters"

    Rich Pos, Jul 16, 2003
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